Sylvester Graham was born in Connecticut in 1794 and, after studying at Amherst College, entered the ministry in 1826.
Within a few years he became an ardent advocate of temperance and of vegetarianism.
He held that the two were related, for it was his belief that one who followed a diet composed wholly of vegetables would have no desire for alcohol.
Along with his dietary principles he favored the use of unbolted wheat flour in the making of bread, and had this flour especially prepared for him. Others tried the product upon his recommendation and created a demand for it.
His name thus became inseparably associated with the flour and any of its products.
One may buy graham crackers or graham bread in any grocery in the country.