Congressman Upshaw and Roy Davis Children's Orphanage:
Recently, we published information about William Branham's mentor, Roy E. Davis, and his high-level ranking in the Ku Klux Klan. Davis was an Imperial Wizard who appears to have worked his way up from Official Spokesperson of the Klan to the "high priest" throughout his lifespan. For those of you who missed it: http://bit.ly/1Qs212n
We also published information on Congressman Upshaw. Though William Branham describes the Congressman as a frail, weak man who had to be carried on beds into the meeting, we found a very active person who was not only a Congressman in the United States Government, but a traveling "Old Time Gospel" evangelist who spoke to multiple audiences per day. And in one of his statements, Upshaw described his personal connection to the Imperial Wizard of the Ku Klux Klan before Davis held that title. For those of you who missed it: http://bit.ly/1ZdFJ7Q
During the course of this research, we came across a single newspaper article that closely binds Congressman Upshaw to Davis. In 1943 in the San Bernardino Country Sun newspaper of San Bernardino, California, an article "Orphanage, School at Upland Slated To Open Sept. 15"
As we outlined in our blog post on Roy E. Davis, both Roy Senior and Roy Junior found themselves in trouble with the local police and Federal Investigators over the events surrounding the orphanage and its operation. According to newspapers, Davis was under F.B.I. investigation, and Federal investigators had joined forces with the District Attorney as they examined the orphanage. It appears that the F.B.I. had asked the orphanage to hold Davis on a trivial food-related charge while they were trying solidify a much larger conviction.
During the course of the investigation, newspapers describe Davis swindling money from people to pay for the orphanage while he himself posed as a member of the F.B.I. Investigators linked Davis to felony convictions in Texas for both swindling money and illegal use of a firearm. But of the many cases of Davis arrested for swindling, it appears his Texas conviction is the only one that would stick; somehow he managed to escape conviction in each of the other states he allegedly swindled money. Federal prosecutors were not able to convict Davis in California while running the children's school and orphanage, and two counts against him were dropped by the State of California. Afterward, Davis sued the state for his accusations.
But Davis was not the only one involved with the school and orphanage in California. It appears one William D. Upshaw, former Representative of the United States Congress was associated with Davis' new "charitable organization."
"The Upland Pastor [Roy E. Davis] emphasizes the fact that orphans are to be received into the home without pay and that this part of the project is to be conducted entirely through free-will offerings. Arrangements are being made to secure the majority of the faculty members from the Southwestern Baptist Theological seminary at Fr. Worth, Texas. Former Representative William D. Upshaw is taking an active part of the institution and is to be in charge of the department of Americanism."
- San Bernardino County Sun, Aug 8, 1943
In his sermons, William Branham's descriptions of Upshaw do not match the historical account of the newspapers. While Upshaw is traveling the country preaching, speaking in auditoriums on civil matters, and running charitable organizations, Branham describes him as having to be carried on beds. In 1953, ten years after Upshaw's work with Roy E. Davis and two years after claiming to have "healed" Upshaw in his prayer line, William Branham describes Upshaw's condition:
"Well, I happened to look, going down across the audience like a shadow, and here went that old Congressman who'd been setting in a wheelchair; he'd been crippled, an invalid for sixty-six years. Fell when he was seventeen, was eighty-six years old: Congressman William D. Upshaw, Congressman of the United States. Seventeen years of service. They'd wheeled him in a little bed part of the time; in a wheelchair; he had crutches with things over, to fit over him, so when he got up they couldâ€¦ Many of you knew him, perhaps. You've heard him speak. How many ever knowed Congressman Upshaw?"
Branham, 53-0604 - The Angel Of The Lord
Did William Branham embellish the details of Upshaw's story? And if so, for what purpose? Was William Branham aware of Upshaw's involvement with Roy E. Davis? Was he aware of Davis' involvement with the Ku Klux Klan? Was William Branham also a stakeholder in Davis' "charitable organizations?"