Sir George Williams

Died aged c. 84

Sir George Williams (11 October 1821 – 6 November 1905) was an English philanthropist, businessman and founder of the Young Men's Christian Association (YMCA). The oldest and largest youth charity in the world, its aim is to support young people to belong, contribute and thrive in their communities. Williams was knighted by Queen Victoria in her 1894 Birthday Honours. He died in 1905 and is buried in St Paul's Cathedral. He is the great-great-great-grandfather of former British Prime Minister Boris Johnson.

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Commemorated on 2 plaques

Sir George Williams 1821-1905 founder of Young Men's Christian Association lived at No. 13 Russell Square 1879-1905

13 Russell Square, London, United Kingdom where they lived

Here in 1844 George Williams with eleven other young men employed in the City of London who shared his zeal and vision founded the Young Men's Christian Association in a drapery house on this site in which he worked and lived. From its beginning in this place inspired of God the Association grew to encompass the world.

Juxon House, St Paul’s Churchyard, EC4, London, United Kingdom where they was