Did Billy Graham Vote for Trump in 2016?


After Mark Galli published his anti-Trump editorial at Christianity Today, Franklin Graham, the son of Billy Graham, took to Facebook claiming that his father voted for Trump in 2016. Billy Graham founded Christianity Today in the 1950s.

John Schmalzbauer, the Blanche Gorman Strong Chair in Protestant Studies at Missouri State University, did some digging at the website of The North Carolina State Board of Elections. He recorded what he found on Twitter:

William “Billy” Franklin Graham Jr., the famous evangelist, father of Franklin Graham, and founder of Christianity Today, was born on November 7, 1918.  He was a registered Democrat.  This definitely looks like him.


So it looks like both a “William Franklin Graham” and a “Ruth Bell Graham” registered in 1968.  Ruth Bell Graham was the wife of the evangelist Billy Graham.  Montreat is the small North Carolina town where the Graham’s lived. It is in Buncombe County.

Schmalzbauer corrects the previous tweets that said “William Frank Graham”:

This information, of course, does not prove whether Billy Graham voted for Trump, but it does present some interesting context for Franklin’s statement about his father’s vote in 2016.