George Carpenter (Salvation Army)

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George Carpenter
General George Carpenter.jpg
5th General of The Salvation Army
In office
Preceded byEvangeline Booth
Succeeded byAlbert Orsborn
Personal details
Born(1872-06-20)June 20, 1872
Died9 April 1948(1948-04-09) (aged 75)
Spouse(s)Mrs. General Minnie Lindsay Rowell Carpenter

George Lyndon Carpenter (20 June 1872 – 9 April 1948) was the 5th General of The Salvation Army (1939-1946).

He trained in Raymond Terrace, Australia, and became an officer of the Army in 1892. For the first 18 years of his officership, he worked in property, training and literary work in Australia.

He and Ensign Minnie Rowell were married in 1899. She wrote such books as Commissioner Lawley, Notable Officers of The Salvation Army and Women of the Flag, among others.

In 1911, George was called up to International Headquarters. He became the literary secretary of The Salvation Army under General Bramwell Booth. He served in this role until 1927. From 1927 to 1933, he was called back for further service in Australia, to take over the ranks as Chief Secretary of Australia Eastern Territory. In 1933, he became South America East Territorial Commander. In 1937, he became Territorial Commander of Canada, and served at that post until he was elected General by the High Council in 1939.

His term in office as the General of The Salvation Army was during some trying times. World War II was going on in Europe, but he was a strong leader. He retired as General 26 June 1946.

His books include Keep the Trumpets Sounding and Banners and Adventures.

General George Carpenter died at the age of 75.

Preceded by
Evangeline Booth
General of The Salvation Army
Succeeded by
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