Joseph Franklin Rutherford


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‘Judge Rutherford’, second head of the organization popularly known as Jehovah's Witnesses (q.v.). Of Baptist family, he practised law in Missouri. In 1906 he joined the Bible Students of C. T. Russell and soon became the organization's legal counsel. Elected its President in 1917, he moulded it into a theocratic organization resilient enough to withstand persecution in many countries during the Second World War.

Subjects: Christianity.

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