More than anyone else, The Rev. Billy Graham, who died Wednesday, built evangelicalism into a force that rivaled liberal Protestantism and Roman Catholicism in the United States.

His leadership summits and crusades in more than 185 countries and territories forged powerful global links among conservative Christians, and threw a lifeline to believers in the communist-controlled Eastern bloc. Dubbed "America's pastor," he was a confidant to U.S. presidents from Gen. Dwight Eisenhower to George W. Bush.

In October 1970, Graham led a multi-day crusade at LSU's Tiger Stadium before tens of thousands of people. Check out video below of Graham speaking.