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History of The Vegetarian Society

Joseph Brotherton, chaired the first meeting

James Simpson, first President of the Society

Cartoon from Punch magazine, 1852
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Some leaders of the Vegetarian Society in 1874.
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Prof. F.W. Newman, VegSoc President 1873-84
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For a details of the origins of how the group came together the following articles are useful:

The 19th Century:

Late 19th / early 20th Century:

mid 20th:

The following articles are all on the VSUK website, originating from various publications:

Other related articles:

Some earlier people who may have been influential on the first British vegetarians:
In 1969 the Vegetarian Society merged with the London Vegetarian Society to form the Vegetarian Society of the United Kingdom ltd.

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