In 1904, William Booth, founder of The Salvation Army, was received by King Edward VII of Great Britain, the first official recognition by a world leader of the importance of the then–39–year–old movement. When The King asked the General what his recreations were and to sign his autograph album, he wrote: “Some men’s ambition is art. Some men’s ambition is fame. Some men’s ambition is gold. My ambition is the souls of men.”
Booth, while both humbled and honored by the king’s acknowledgement, was true to his convictions. He told the sovereign of the ongoing work of the Army in 49 countries. The visit was to make an impact upon the Army and its place in the world, but also on the monarch.