George Williams

Founder of the YMCA George Williams

Profession: Founder of the YMCA


Biography: Founder of the world's oldest and largest youth charity, Williams founded the Young Men's Christian Association (YMCA) after being appalled by the terrible conditions in London for young working men.

Promoting Muscular Christianity, Williams was knighted by Queen Victoria in 1894.

Born: October 11, 1821
Birthplace: Dulverton, Somerset, England, United Kingdom
Star Sign: Libra

Died: November 6, 1905 (aged 84)

Historical Events

  • 1844-06-06 Young Men's Christian Association (YMCA) formed by George Williams in London

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