Here is a fascinating account, courtesy of the Christian Vegetarianism Archive, on the origin of the word vegetarian. Henry Stephen Clubb (1827-1921) was a distinguished Bible Christian emigrant to the U.S. who served as President of the Vegetarian Society of America for just over three decades. This letter was published in The Vegetarian Messenger dated November 1901. CVA’s John M. Gilheany writes that the first appearance of the word, vegetarian, in print was in the April 1842 edition of The Healthian as documented by Henry Amos. Click on the images below to expand them.