James Caleb Jackson

Managing Real Estate Broker with Fathom Realty PB00068179

James Caleb Jackson was born in Manlius, New York to James and Mary Ann.  He attended Chittenango Polytechnic Institute working as a farmer until 1838.  He lectured for the Massachusetts Anti-Slavery Society where he became the society’ secretary in 1840.  Having bad health all of his life he tried taking a water cure in Cuba, New York.

From that time forward he was an advocate for hydropathy. He trained to be a physician opening a hydropathic institute in Cortland County, New York in 1847.  Along with water cures he believed that diet was fundamental in improving health.  It must have worked for he died in 1895, he was 84.

What you may not know about James is that he was a strict vegetarian, promoting a vegetarian diet with emphasis on fruits, vegetable and unprocessed grain.  To that end he developed the first breakfast cereal and named it Granula.  Interesting don’t you think?  No, I did not spell it wrong, it was called Granula.

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Comments (18)

Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Oh wow, James. And here I always thought that Jackson's ideas were very much a product of the 20th Century!

Nov 10, 2020 03:18 AM
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Hi James Dray -  I did not realize those ideas were from the 19th century.  He was slightly ahead of his time.

Nov 10, 2020 03:21 AM
Raymond E. Camp
Howard Hanna Real Estate Services - Ontario, NY
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester

Good morning James,

I thought vegetarians started with "Adam and Eve"!

Make yourself an astonishing day.

Nov 10, 2020 03:55 AM
Brian England
Vacasa - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

I have not heard about water cure treatment but that definitely sounds interesting.

Nov 10, 2020 04:21 AM
Donald Urschalitz
Lubeck Realty Group - Jupiter, FL
P.A. Realtor ABR RSPS North Palm Beach County

Well since my better half has been a vegetarian for 35 years she is a fine representation of good health. 

Nov 10, 2020 04:36 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello James - like Brian England, I was unaware of "water cures" but obviously Mr Jackson's studies and lifestyle contributed to a healthier lifestyle given his long life.  

Nov 10, 2020 04:46 AM
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co. Notary Services, retired Realtor

While I do enjoy hydrotherapy James Dray but not only are we NOT on the same page as far as diet we are not even in the same universe. Give me meat or give me death!

Nov 10, 2020 05:26 AM
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Thank you very much, James, for sharing this interesting story.

Take care, be safe and have a great day.

Nov 10, 2020 06:24 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi James:

He was certainly ahead of his time as far as diet is concerned.


Nov 10, 2020 07:19 AM
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

He really was ahead of his time 👍👍👍

Happy Tuesday James Dray 

Nov 10, 2020 07:26 AM
Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253 Waves Realty
Waves Realty - Melbourne, FL
Florida Space Coast Homes

Just think of how many large companies made a bunch of money off his invention (my guess is his family did not).   :)

Nov 10, 2020 07:29 AM
Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543
Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400 - Devon, PA
Tredyffrin Easttown Realtor, Philly Main Line

A man who it seems was ahead of his time or had the right idea of how to live. Vegetables and healthy living.

Nov 10, 2020 07:58 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


Another interesting story, and vegeterians comprise a large part of many countries.  A

Nov 10, 2020 08:25 AM
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi James- while I'm not a huge meat eater, I do like a little. We tried going vegetarian several years ago and it lasted about two months. 

Nov 10, 2020 09:46 AM
Rocky Dickerson
Realty One Group - Las Vegas, NV
Superior Service!

Hello James!  I have heard that before that hydration is key to living a healthier life. 

Nov 10, 2020 10:07 AM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Now that is what I call a real vegetarian... before 1970's when it became cool and trendy:)) Endre

Nov 10, 2020 10:38 PM
Sam Shueh
(408) 425-1601 - San Jose, CA
mba, cdpe, reopro, pe

It is my favorite snack but I spell like others. When I spell the original way, wife says she is right. She is always right in this house. What can I say?


Dec 09, 2020 07:58 AM
John Juarez
The Medford Real Estate Team - Fremont, CA

James Caleb Jackson added a bit of trivia to our lives as the inventor of “Granula”.

Feb 23, 2021 03:15 PM

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