George Williams


Birthday October 11, 1821

Birth Sign Libra

Birthplace England

DEATH DATE Nov 6, 1905 (84)

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Entrepreneur best remembered for founding the YMCA in 1844.

Before Fame

He worked in a draper's shop in London where the working conditions for young men horrified him.


He was a very devout Christian and founded the YMCA as a place where men could go to not sin.

Family Life

In 1853, he married Helen Jane Maunder Hitchcock. He had one son, Christopher.

Associated With

He was knighted by Queen Victoria, the great-great-grandmother of Queen Elizabeth II.