John H. Kellogg

(1852-1943). Surgeon, inventor of surgical instruments, pioneer in physiotherapy and nutrition. He was born on a farm in Tyrone township in Livingston County, Michigan, one of 16 children. When he was young the family moved to Jackson, Michigan, and two years later to Battle Creek, Michigan, where the father established a broom factory. At 10 John worked in the broom factory, and at 12 he learned the printing business; at 14 he was proofreader, and at 16 a public school teacher. When he was 17 he attended high school one year and graduated. Early in life he exhibited boundless energy for work and for obtaining knowledge. From his boyhood he burned midnight oil. In 1873, encouraged by James and Ellen White to take a medical course, he enrolled as a student in Bellevue Hospital Medical Colle...

From the Seventh-day Adventist Encyclopedia. Published with permission from the Review and Herald Publishing Association.