Joseph Franklin Rutherford

1869 - 1942

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Joseph Franklin Rutherford (November 8, 1869 – January 8, 1942), also known as Judge Rutherford, was the second president of the incorporated Watch Tower Bible and Tract Society of Pennsylvania. He played a primary role in the organization and doctrinal development of Jehovah's Witnesses, which emerged from the Bible Student movement established by Charles Taze Russell. Rutherford began a career in law, working as a court stenographer, trial lawyer and prosecutor. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Joseph Franklin Rutherford has received more than 408,907 page views. His biography is available in 28 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 27 in 2019). Joseph Franklin Rutherford is the 866th most popular religious figure (down from 842nd in 2019), the 1,382nd most popular biography from United States (down from 1,269th in 2019) and the 8th most popular American Religious Figure.

Joseph Franklin Rutherford was the second president of the Watchtower Bible and Tract Society of New York, succeeding Charles Taze Russell. He is most famous for being the architect of Jehovah's Witnesses' organizational structure, which led to significant growth in membership.

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Among religious figures, Joseph Franklin Rutherford ranks 866 out of 2,272Before him are Theodore of Mopsuestia, Jane Frances de Chantal, Thaïs, John of Leiden, Lawrence of Brindisi, and John of Ávila. After him are Mary Ann Nichols, Juliana of Nicomedia, Abdullah ibn Salam, Gianna Beretta Molla, Melania the Younger, and Caesar Baronius.

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Among people born in 1869, Joseph Franklin Rutherford ranks 36Before him are Emilio Aguinaldo, Martin Andersen Nexø, Carl Schuhmann, Henri Désiré Landru, Francisco Largo Caballero, and Valdemar Poulsen. After him are Óscar Carmona, Bogd Khan, Max Hoffmann, Gaetano Bresci, Grand Duke Alexander Alexandrovich of Russia, and Hovhannes Tumanyan. Among people deceased in 1942, Joseph Franklin Rutherford ranks 42Before him are Herschel Grynszpan, Jan Kubiš, Grant Wood, Felix Hausdorff, Prince Eitel Friedrich of Prussia, and Valdemar Poulsen. After him are Tamon Yamaguchi, Stjepan Filipović, Annemarie Schwarzenbach, Ivan Bilibin, Daniil Kharms, and Franz Walter Stahlecker.

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Among people born in United States, Joseph Franklin Rutherford ranks 1,382 out of 15,968Before him are Paul Berg (1926), Betty Ford (1918), Barnett Newman (1905), Aileen Wuornos (1956), Bubba Smith (1945), and Mildred Harris (1901). After him are Robert Whittaker (1920), Herbert Blomstedt (1927), Clark L. Hull (1884), Thomas Schelling (1921), Arthur Penn (1922), and Jasper Johns (1930).

Among RELIGIOUS FIGURES In United States

Among religious figures born in United States, Joseph Franklin Rutherford ranks 8Before him are Joseph Smith (1805), Charles Taze Russell (1852), Billy Graham (1918), William Miller (1782), Rose Kennedy (1890), and Pat Garrett (1850). After him are Lillian Asplund (1906), Raymond Franz (1922), Paul Marcinkus (1922), Marie Laveau (1801), Henry Molaison (1926), and Madalyn Murray O'Hair (1919).