Produced on July 5, 1794, in West Suffield, Connecticut, Sylvester Graham was a Presbyterian minister before being a top figure in the temperance movement, recommending lifestyle options that contained eating fresh fruits and vegetables and decreasing libido. He called for relying on homemade wheat bread and is thought to have produce the Graham cracker. He perished on September 11, 1851.
His dad, a clergyman who was 72 when Graham was born, died when the lad was a toddler, and Graham’s mother later suffered from psychological and mental trauma. Graham grew up in various homes and, after attempting different professions, turned to the ministry at the same time, finally learning to be a Presbyterian clergyman. He and Sarah Earl wed in the mid-1820s, and Graham went to work for the Pennsylvania Temperance Society.
Graham took on English minister William Metcalfe’s thoughts on vegetarianism and abstinence, and reported that his health improved after embracing such practices. Graham urged sticking to your diet where meat, condiments, coffee and tea were removed, focusing instead on fresh fruits and vegetables. Graham’s work with bread was especially pronounced, as seen in his 1837 novel Treatise on Bread and Bread-Making. From the late 1820s, he or among his followers was the originator of a now ubiquitous bite located in modern supermarkets—the Graham cracker.
Graham’s advocacy of temperance also touched on sex, where he claimed that it was in one’s best interest in order to avoid foods beyond his strategy in order to support a reduced libido, a preferable state to get a balanced body and also to prevent gluttony. He was a believer in phrenology also, a now discredited system which claimed that ways of behaviour may be inferred in the form of the skull.
Those that followed Graham’s thoughts came to be known as “Grahamites.” Graham boarding houses that catered to his recommendations were created, although the lecturer himself wasn’t element of the business. The Graham Journal of Well-Being and Longevity was created with a Boston Grahamite also in 1837, the exact same year that Graham himself co-founded The American Physiological Society. Also, he was found as a supply of indignation in Maine for speaking openly about sex.
Though Graham was a preacher of temperance, he was frequently overworked, and by 1839, had retired from lecturing, employed as a poet and fighting with physical and mental health problems. Yet, in 1850 he was still in a position to co-located with Metcalfe another organization, the American Vegetarian Society. Graham perished on September 11, 1851, in the age of 57, in Northampton, Massachusetts.