Founder of the Salvation Army, Booth was a Methodist Preacher who created the Army in order to abolish vice and poverty. If he could take away some of the misery that pervaded people's lives then they would have room to accept salvation through God. That was the idea.
At the time it was founded (1878) , The Church of England was against The Salvation Army because Booth appointed women to leadership roles within his Army.
But I guess that ideas such as those are difficult for some... even today.
A contented man, William Booth: