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Charles Russell

1852 - 1916

Raised in a Presbyterian home, who later found pastors in the Adventist faith which is converted to at the age 17.

J F Rutherford

1869 - 1942

Russell establishes "Zion's Watch Tower and Herald of Christ's Presence"

1879

Frederick W Franz

1893 - 1992

Nathan Knorr

1905 - 1977

Rutherford and seven of his colleagues were sentenced to 20 years in prison

1916

For conspiring to promote draft evasion during a time of war.
The convictions were overturned a year later.

Milton Henschel

1920 - 2003

Rutherford introduced what he called "Theocratic Government"

1920

The name Jehovah's Witnesses is established

1931