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GRAHAM, Sylvester, vegetarian, born in Suffield, Connecticut, in 1794; died in Northampton, Mass., 11 September, 1851. His father was an English clergyman, a graduate of Oxford, who came to this country and settled in Suffield. At nineteen years of age he began to teach, and continued as long" as his health would permit. In 1823 he matriculated at Amherst with the intention of preparing for the ministry, but, having exhibited unusual powers of elocution, he was denounced as a "stage actor" and a "mad enthusiast," and did not complete the course. He, however, entered the Presbyterian ministry soon after his marriage in 1826. In 1830 he was employed by the Pennsylvania temperance society as a lecturer, and while thus engaged he became convinced that the prevention and cure of intemperance would be best achieved by the adoption of a purely vegetable diet, which he supposed would take away the desire for stimulants. He subsequently applied this theory to all forms of disease. He published an "Essay on the Cholera" (1832); "Graham Lectures on the Science of Human Life" (2 vols., Boston, 1839)" " Bread and Bread-making";"A Lecture to Young Men on Chastity"" and "The Philosophy of Sacred History" (only one volume of which was completed).
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