Pat Robertson, Founder of 700 Club, Passes Away At 93

John Simmons | June 8, 2023
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Pat Robertson, the Christian evangelical leader who founded the 700 Club, passed away early Thursday morning at the age of 93. At the time of the announcement, no cause of death was provided.

Robertson left a wide-spread impact on the American Christian landscape. After serving in the 1st Marine Division in Korea and graduating from Yale Law School, Robertson went on to found multiple well-known Christian organizations including Regent University in Virginia Beach, the Christian Broadcasting Network (CBN), the American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ), Operation Blessing, and several others. He was also instrumental in forming a strong alliance between America’s Christian population and the Republican Party.

During his exceptional life, Robertson also made a presidential run in 1988 and finished second in voting in the Iowa Caucus. George H. W. Bush would end up winning the Republican nomination, and he eventually received Robertson’s endorsement.

During Robertson’s run, he utilized the strategy of having his people sign petitions for him to run, which University of Virginia sociologist Jeffery K. Hadden described as a brilliant move.

″He asked people to pledge that they’d work for him, pray for him and give him money,” Jeffrey K. Hadden said in 1988. ″Political historians may view it as one of the most ingenious things a candidate ever did.″

Robertson is survived by his four children, 14 grandchildren, and 24 great-grandchildren. 

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