Booth, Eva

Booth, (Evangeline Cory) Eva

(1865–1950) Salvation Army general, social worker; born in London, England. She was one of eight children of the founders of the Salvation Army. She became a sergeant at age 15 and field commander of the Army in Canada (1896) where she worked among the Alaskan Indians. She was commander-in-chief of the Salvation Army in the U.S.A. (1904–34) and became a U.S. citizen in 1923. Her social relief efforts captured the public imagination and gained wide support for the Army. After returning to England to serve as general of the entire Salvation Army (1934–39), she retired to Hartsdale, N.Y.
The Cambridge Dictionary of American Biography, by John S. Bowman. Copyright © Cambridge University Press 1995. Reproduced with permission.