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Just Before Father's Death, Franklin Graham Tweets on Presidents He Met

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Former U.S. President George Bush (L) and the Rev. Billy Graham talk during the first of a four-day revival meeting Oct. 17, 2002, at Texas Stadium in Irving, Texas. (Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

By    |   Wednesday, 21 February 2018 11:00 AM

Just before his father's death, Franklin Graham tweeted about all the U.S. presidents Billy Graham met.

Billy Graham, one of the most influential religious figures of the 20th century who changed the face of born-again Christianity from fundamentalism to a more embracing evangelicalism, died Wednesday at age 99, according to National Public Radio.

Franklin Graham, president and chief executive officer of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, posted the tweet on Monday.

"Whether the story of Christ is told in a huge stadium, across the desk of a powerful leader, or shared with a golfing companion, it satisfies a common hunger," Billy Graham had said about his counsel to presidents, according to Billy Graham Evangelistic Association. "All over the world, whenever I meet people face-to-face, I am made aware of this personal need among the famous and successful, as well as the lonely and obscure."

Graham had his first meeting with a president, Harry Truman, in 1950, when they prayed together after an invitation from a Congressman, according to the association. Graham also visited Truman at his home in Independence, Missouri, the association's website noted.

"Billy Graham is one of the best ambassadors our country has but he told me, 'I am an ambassador of heaven,'" President Dwight D. Eisenhower, said of Graham, per the association.

President Barack Obama became the first sitting president to visit Bill Graham at his Montreat, North Carolina, home in 2010, where the two talked and prayed privately together, the association's website said.

The association added that presidents Lyndon B. Johnson and Richard Nixon offered Graham positions in their administration, but the minister "quickly and politely refused" each time.

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