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 463,280 page views. His biography is available in 29 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 28 in 2019). Joseph Franklin Rutherford is the 908th most popular religious figure (down from 865th in 2019), the 1,504th most popular biography from United States (down from 1,381st in 2019) and the 8th most popular 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 908 out of 2,238Before him are Heinrich Bullinger, Antipope Victor IV, Jacob Frank, Bavo of Ghent, Gotthard of Hildesheim, and Alessandro Farnese. After him are Abd al-Rahman ibn Muljam, Paul of Samosata, Jacob Sprenger, Jorge Medina, Mariam Baouardy, and Ignatios of Constantinople.

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Among people born in 1869, Joseph Franklin Rutherford ranks 39Before him are Grand Duke Alexander Alexandrovich of Russia, Prince Emanuele Filiberto, Duke of Aosta, Francisco Largo Caballero, Óscar Carmona, Prince Philippe, Duke of Orléans, and Max Hoffmann. After him are Gaetano Bresci, Élie Cartan, Liane de Pougy, Hovhannes Tumanyan, Prince Aloys of Liechtenstein, and Carl Schuhmann. Among people deceased in 1942, Joseph Franklin Rutherford ranks 43Before him are Tina Modotti, Chen Duxiu, Jan Kubiš, Prince Eitel Friedrich of Prussia, Tamon Yamaguchi, and Flinders Petrie. After him are Archduke Joseph Ferdinand of Austria, Louis Franchet d'Espèrey, Annemarie Schwarzenbach, Franz Walter Stahlecker, Grant Wood, and Infanta Marie Anne of Portugal.

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Among people born in United States, Joseph Franklin Rutherford ranks 1,504 out of 18,182Before him are Robert J. Shiller (1946), George Stevens (1904), Sonny Rollins (1930), Angelo Badalamenti (1937), Virginia Cherrill (1908), and Chris Cornell (1964). After him are Anthony Kiedis (1962), Michelle Rodriguez (1978), Janet Gaynor (1906), J. Michael Bishop (1936), J. Allen Hynek (1910), and Pat Nixon (1912).

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), Pat Garrett (1850), Rose Kennedy (1890), and William Miller (1782). After him are Lillian Asplund (1906), Paul Marcinkus (1922), Henry Molaison (1926), Jesse Livermore (1877), Marie Laveau (1801), and William M. Branham (1909).