Sylvester Graham

American Presbyterian minister and dietary reformer

Sylvester Graham (July 5, 1794 – September 11, 1851) was an American Presbyterian minister and dietary reformer. He is known for his focus on vegetarianism, the temperance movement and eating whole grain bread. His preaching led to the creation of graham flour, graham bread and graham cracker products.

Portrait of Sylvester Graham

Graham was born in Suffield, Connecticut. He had Native American roots. He died in Northampton, Massachusetts, at the age of 57.[1]


  1. "Sylvester Graham". Encyclopædia Britannica. Retrieved July 15, 2020.