Birch, John  Morrison
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Time Period
5/8/1918  - 8/25/1945
Description
John Birch was a fundamental Baptist missionary. He attended J. Frank Norris's Bible institute in Texas before leaving for China in 1940. While in China, he assisted the Jimmy Doolittle raiders and was consequently commissioned into the U.S. military for the fight against Japan. Soon after the war ended, while on a mission with Chinese Nationalist forces, he was killed by Chinese Communists. In 1958, retired candy manufacturer Robert Welch founded an anti-Communist society named after Birch that became one of the more influential right-wing pressure groups of the 1960s. John Birch's name became synonymous with Christian nationalism.
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Movements
Missionary Movement
Photographs

John Birch portrait- Library of Congress, LC-USZC2-5887
Web Page Contributor
Paul Matzko
Affliated with: Pennsylvania State University, Ph.D. in History

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