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Henry S. Clubb

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– Born on June 21, 1827, in Colchester, England
– Raised in a Swedenborgian family and became a vegetarian inspired by W. Gibson Ward
– Joined Alcott House in 1842 and later the Bible Christian Church
– Emigrated to the United States in 1853 and fought for the Union Army during the Civil War
– Founded the Grand Haven Herald newspaper and served as a state senator

Vegetarian Society of America:
– Founded the VSA in 1886 and was its first president
– Published a cookbook for the organization and founded the magazine “Food, Home and Garden”
– Played a key role in the success of the International Congress for Vegetarians at the Chicago Worlds Fair in 1893
– Merged VSA with the Chicago Vegetarian Society in 1900
– Oversaw the renaming of the VSA magazine through different periods

Selected publications:
– “The Maine Liquor Law: Its Origin, History, and Results, Including a Life of Hon. Neal Dow” (1856)
– “Thirty-nine Reasons Why I Am a Vegetarian” (1903)
– “Unpolished Rice, the Staple Food of the Orient” (1905)

Henry S. Clubb letterbook; Payne and Swiney letterbook 1836-1840, 1865
– History of the Philadelphia Bible-Christian Church for the First Century of Its Existence
– “Vegetarian America: A History” by Karen and Michael Iacobbo
– Michigan Official Directory and Legislative Manual 1923-24
– “Cultural Encyclopedia of Vegetarianism” by Margaret Puskar-Pasewicz

Further reading:
– “The Not-So Wild West: The Rise and Fall of Vegetarian Settlements in 19th century Kansas” by Kelly Heiman
– “The abolitionist, vegetarian, octagon-obsessed utopia that never was” by Meagan Day
– “Meet the Well-meaning Pioneer Behind a Vegetarian fairy Land in Kansas” by Anne Kniggendorf

External links:
– Works by Henry S. Clubb at LibriVox
– Episode 13 of “The Vegan Option” podcast discussing the life of Henry S. Clubb
– Various publications by other notable figures in vegetarianism and related fields

Henry S. Clubb (Wikipedia)

Henry Stephen Clubb (June 21, 1827 – October 29, 1921) was an English-American Swedenborgian, abolitionist, chartist, journalist and author, who was state senator for Michigan, and founder and first President of the Vegetarian Society of America (VSA).

Henry S. Clubb
Henry Stephen Clubb

(1827-06-21)June 21, 1827
Colchester, England
DiedOctober 29, 1921(1921-10-29) (aged 94)
Resting placeOakwood Cemetery, Philadelphia, U.S.
40°01′23″N 75°06′03″W / 40.0231018°N 75.1007996°W / 40.0231018; -75.1007996
  • Minister
  • activist
  • journalist
  • author
  • politician
Notable workThirty-nine Reasons Why I Am a Vegetarian
Anne Barbara Henderson
(m. 1855; died 1915)
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