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Mr. Johan Lindstrom-Saxon

Member of the Congress Committee, 1910

Congress President ?-1923
President Emeritus for Life from 1923-193?

From The Vegetarian Messenger (Manchester), February 1904

". . . a Swedish Vegetarian Society, called 'Svenska Vegetariska Föreningen,' was formed on the 13th February, 1903, its president being Mr. Johan Lindstrom-Saxon, of Ostersund, an ardent advocate of the vegetarian and natural mode of living. The society has as its organ Vegetarianen ('The Vegetarian'), a quarterly paper of very varying and interesting contents. Each number contains the portraits of some prominent vegetarian or humanitarian. A special feature is that the paper contains medical advice by a vegetarian physician, every subscriber being entitled to send in questions."

An extract from the report of the 1938 IVU Congress, held in Norway. The speaker was talking about the history of vegetarianism in Norway, but gives us an earlier reference to Mr Saxon:

The first Scandinavian Vegetarian Society was founded on the 29th March, 1895, in Ostersund, Sweden, by the late J. L. Saxon. ... and on the 13th February, 1903, the Swedish Vegetarian Society was founded at Stockholm. In the same year Mr. Saxon came to Christiania (Oslo) to assist in the formation of a vegetarian society in Norway, , which was founded on the 22nd August, 1903

An extract from the 1909 Congress, held in Manchester, England:

The Swedish Society numbers over 1000 members, does much good work by lecturing and travelling, cookery schools, and propagandist lierature. Mr. Saxon unfurled their banner, which is of the colour of the sun, spreading light, also handed round their pretty badges for inspection, and some of their books.

- and from the 1910 Congress in Brussels, Belgium:

Membres d'honneur [of the congress committee] :- ... J. S. Saxon, Stockholm ; ...

- from the 1913 Congress at The Hague, Holland:

On Monday morning we proceeded to Hotel Zeerust at Scheveningen for the business part of our Congress. ... Messrs. J. Morand, of Paris, and Saxon, of Stockholm, were appointed presidents. ...

The following is a list of the papers:- Those marked with an * were read. ... J. L. Saxon, of Sweden, *"The Bloodguiltiness of Boäs and Muffs." ...

The IVU Congresses were inevitably cancelled during the first world war and Mr Saxon appears to have been a prime mover in re-starting IVU in 1923.

The picture on the right is from the 1923 Congress where Mr Saxon was the President and the main organiser. A later report mentions that Mr. Saxon was elected President emeritus for life at the 1923 Congress.

- extracts from reports of the 1926 Congress in London, England:

After Mr. J. L. SAXON (Sweden), and Professor H. NOLTHENIUS (Holland), had responded, the delegates were introduced to the assembly, and the following is the order in which they responded to the roll call ...Mr. J. L. Saxon and Rev. Gustay Lindström (Sweden)....

.. The Rev. GUSTAV LINDSTROM (Sweden) said that in Sweden they were fortunate in having such a leader as Mr. J. L. Saxon. .... Mr. J. L. Saxon had compiled a recipe for the making of bread which was now being put on the market, and this had already obtained a large sale. It was cheaper than the white bread and thereby effected a considerable saving in national expenditure, and it was also acceptable to the weakest digestion. ...

The report of the 1929 Congress in Steinschönau, Czechoslovakia mentions that Sweden was represented but, gives no further details.

The 1932 Congress report mentions that Mr J.L.Saxon (Stockholm) chaired one of the sessions.

The report from the 1935 Congress, in Denmark, mentions:

Mr. JOHN L. SAXON, the "grand old man" of our Movement, presented Mr. Egerod and Mr. Feix with the silver medallion for meritorious service, awarded by the Swedish Vegetarian Society only to workers of national and outstanding importance.

Mr Saxon died sometime between the 1935 and 1938 IVU Congresses.


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