|International Vegetarian Union (IVU)|
The first Congress President, 1909
From The Vegetarian Messenger (Manchester), August, 1889:
From The Vegetarian (London), October 12, 1889, reporting on the first meeting of the Vegetarian Federal Union:
The Vegetarian (London), November 2, 1889, reporting on the 2nd VFU Meeting in Manchester mentioned that Mr. Axon was present.
From The Vegetarian (London), January 18, 1890, reporting on a meeting of the VFU:
From The Vegetarian (London), May 31, 1890, reporting on the 4th VFU meeting: "A letter from Mr. W. E. A. Axon was also read, challenging the accuracy of the minutes, . . ."
From The Vegetarian (London), September 20, 1890, reporting on a meeting of the VFU, prior to the International Vegetarian Congress held in London:
From The Vegetarian (London), May 23, 1891:
From the Vegetarian Messenger (Manchester), August, 1893: Vegetarian Congress Chicago - report written by Mr. Axon giving details of his trip. The 'Welcome home to the Deputation' gives further details.
From The Vegetarian (London) January 26, 1895, reporting on the VFU Annual Meeting: "proposed . . that the Vice-Presidents should be . . . Mr. W. E . A. Axon . . ."
From The Vegetarian (London) February 1, 1896, reporting on the VFU Annual Meeting; "VICE-PRESIDENTS (honoris causa) - Rev. Professor J. E. B. Mayor, William E. Axon, Rev. H. S. Clubb, Josiah Oldfield."
From The Vegetarian (London) November 7, 1896, reporting on the VFU Autumn Congress at Bristol: "Papers were then read from the pens of . . . ; Mr. W. E. A. Axon on "The increase of cancer - a warning note" ; . . .
From The Vegetarian (London) June 19th, 1897, reporting on the VFU General Committee: "The General Committee was summoned to meet at Ramsgate at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, June 1st. The following were present : . . ; also as visitors, Mr. Axon and Mr. Tongue.
From The Vegetarian (London) August 21st, updated August 28th, September 4th and September 11th, 1897, giving the programme of the International Vegetarian Congress to be held in London: "PAPERS:- . . .
The Vegetarian (London), April 6, 1901, reporting on a VFU Committee Meeting mentons that Mr. Axon would be presenting a paper at the June Congress.
From The Vegetarian Messenger (Manchester) January 1905, The Vegetarian Congress at St. Louis during the World's Fair, USA, 1904. Gives details of Mr. Axon's participation.
In 1908 the International Vegetarian Union was founded in Dresden, Germany.
From the Vegetarian Messenger (Manchester), March 1909:
Mr. Axon was by this time President of The Vegetarian Society, based in Machester, UK, and the next Congress had been arranged for Machester in October 1909. This made Mr Axon the first person to be accorded to title of 'President' within IVU. It became the custom to hand over the Congress Presidency to the President of the Society hosting the next Congress, so Mr Axon's term of office would have ended on October 16. 1909 (this procedure continued until 1932 when a longer term IVU President was elected).
He was on the Organising Committee of the next Congress, held in Brussels in 1910. The Vegetarian Messenger reported in July 1910:
The above is the only reported use of the title 'Dr.' . He was totally self-educated but was awarded a degree by Wilberforce University in 1889, Honorary LL.D. and then just before he died in 1913, Manchester University awarded him an honorary MA. Many thought he should have received it much earlier. At present we have no further information available about Mr Axon himself, but there is a great deal in the archives of The Vegetarian Society UK, and we hope to reproduce that here in due course.
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