Graham - Graham Crackers
Sylvester Graham invented
Graham Crackers in 1829. Graham was a Presbyterian minister and
avid vegetarian, who promoted the use of unsifted and coarsely ground wheat
flour for its high fiber content. The flour was nicknamed "graham flour"
after Minister Graham, the main ingredient in Graham Crackers.
Sylvester Graham was born in West
Suffield, Connecticut in 1795 and died in 1851.
"Graham Family Papers"
William L. Clements Library - The
University of Michigan
ca.85 items plus 360 pp. of lecture
"...Sylvester Graham was raised by
a succession of relatives, working as a farm hand, clerk and teacher before
chronic ill health led him to choose the ministry as a less stressful profession.
Graham preached under the auspices of the Presbytery of Newark in New Jersey
during the early 1830's, during which time he began to propound his distinctive,
all-encompasing reformist ideas on diet and health...
...Beyond diet, he recommended hard
mattresses, open bedroom windows, chastity, cold showers, loose clothing,
pure water and vigorous exercise. He became a well known, if controversial,
lecturer on not only the Grahamite philosophy, but physiology and anatomy
and the position of the Bible on wine and meat, and he directed a special
series of lectures toward African-Americans. "
"American Food — It's As Varied
As The Melting Pot"
Written By Richard Blunt
Backwoods Magazine, Issue 30, November/December
"A Presbyterian minister, Graham
preached that all bread should be cooked at home and baked with whole wheat
flour. This didn't make him popular with commercial bakers, and on more
than one occasion he required police protection to hold meetings."
Graham : genius or humbug?
Was it true, as one 19th-century
newspaper put it, that a "greater humbug or a more disgusting writer never
Sylvester Graham was an American
Presbyterian minister (ordained in 1826) who preached on temperance and
stressed whole-wheat flour and vegetarian diets. He was known for his graham
Straight Dope on Graham Crackers
Is it true graham crackers were
invented to cure the dread fever of lust?
Sylvester Graham, Grahamism, and
dietary change in New York City in the 1830s and 1840s
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