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Jacob Abbott (November 14, 1803 – October 31, 1879) was an American writer of children's books. Early life On November 14, 1803, Abbott was born in Hallowell, Maine to Jacob Abbott II and Betsey Chandler. He attended the Hallowell Academy. Education Abbott graduated from Bowdoin College in 1820. At some point during his years there, he supposedly added the second "t" to his surname, to avoid being "Jacob Abbot the 3rd" (although one source notes he did not actually begin signing his name with two t's until several years later).Abbott studied at Andover Theological Seminary in 1821, 1822, and 1824. He taught at Portland Academy and was a tutor in Amherst College during the next year. Career From 1825 to 1829 Abbott was professor of mathematics and natural philosophy at Amherst College; was licensed to preach by the Hampshire Association in 1826; founded the Mount Vernon School for Young Ladies in Boston in 1829, and was principal of it in 1829–1833; was pastor of Eliot Congregational Church (which he founded), at Roxbury, Massachusetts in 1834–1835; and was, with his brothers, a founder, and in 1843–1851 a principal of Abbott's Institute, and in 1845–1848 of the Mount Vernon School for Boys, in New York City.He was a prolific author, writing juvenile fiction, brief histories, biographies, religious books for the general reader, and a few works in popular science. He wrote 180 books and was a coauthor or editor of 31 more. He died in Farmington, Maine, where he had spent part of his time after 1839, and where his brother, Samuel Phillips Abbott, founded the Abbott School. His Rollo Books, such as Rollo at Play and Rollo in Europe, are the best known of his writings, having as their chief characters a representative boy and his associates. In them Abbott did for one or two generations of young American readers a service not unlike that performed earlier, in England and America, by the authors of Evenings at Home, The History of Sandford and Merton, and The Parent's Assistant. To follow up his Rollo books, he wrote of Uncle George, using him to teach the young readers about ethics, geography, history, and science. He also wrote 22 volumes of biographical histories and a 10 volume set titled the Franconia Stories. His intention was to both amuse and educate, shown by this quotation from the Preface of Bruno: The books, though called story books, are not intended to be works of amusement merely to those who may receive them, but of substantial instruction. The successive volumes will comprise a great variety, both in respect to the subjects which they treat, and to the form and manner in which the subjects will be presented; but the end and aim of all will be to impart useful knowledge, to develop the thinking and reasoning powers, to teach a correct and discriminating use of language, to present models of good conduct for imitation, and bad examples to be shunned, to explain and enforce the highest principles of moral duty, and, above all, to awaken and cherish the spirit of humble and unobtrusive, but heartfelt piety. His brothers, John Stevens Cabot Abbott and Gorham Dummer Abbott, were also authors. His sons, Benjamin Vaughan Abbott, Austin Abbott, both eminent lawyers, Lyman Abbott, and Edward Abbott, a clergyman, were also well-known authors. See his Young Christian, Memorial Edition, with a Sketch of the Author by Edward Abbott with a bibliography of his works. Other works of note: Lucy Books, Jonas Books, Harper's Story Books, Marco Paul, Gay Family, and Juno Books. Personal life On May 18, 1829, Abbott married Harriet Vaughan. He had four sons; Benjamin Vaughan Abbott, Edward Abbott, Austin Abbott and Lyman Abbott. Select Bibliography Biographies Alexander the Great (1878) Alfred the Great King Charles I King Charles II Cleopatra Cyrus the Great (1878) Darius Queen Elizabeth Genghis Khan Hannibal Hortense Josephine Julius Caesar Margaret of Anjou Mary, Queen of Scots Nero Peter the Great Pyrrhus Richard I Richard II Richard III Romulus William the Conqueror XerxesAmerican History Series Aboriginal America (1860) Discovery of America (1860) Southern Colonies (1860) Northern Colonies (1862) Wars of the Colonies (1863) Revolt of the Colonies (1864) War of the Revolution (1864) Washington (1865)Educational fiction Rollo's Experiments (1839) Rollo Learning to Read (1847) Rollo at Work or, The Way to Be Industrious (1848) Rollo at Play or, Safe Amusements (1850) Rollo in London (1854) Bruno or, Lessons of Fidelity, Patience, and Self-Denial Taught by a Dog (1854) Cousin Lucy's Conversations (1854) Rollo in the Woods (1857) Georgie (1857)[Note: dates may be revised editions] References Additional sources This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domain: Chisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). "Abbott, Jacob". Encyclopædia Britannica (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press.External links Jacob Abbott at Find a Grave Portrait clipping of Jacob Abbott from The New York Public Library Digital Collections Appleton's Cyclopedia of American Biography, edited by James Grant Wilson, John Fiske and Stanley L. Klos. Six volumes, New York: D. Appleton and Company, 1887–1889 Works by Jacob Abbott at Project Gutenberg Works by or about Jacob Abbott at Internet Archive Works by Jacob Abbott at LibriVox (public domain audiobooks) Works by Jacob Abbott at Online Books. Discover the Jacob Abbott popular books. Find the top 100 most popular Jacob Abbott books.

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    Peter the Great

    Jacob Abbott

    Peter the Great ruled the Tsardom of Russia and later the Russian Empire from 7 May 1682 until his death, jointly ruling before 1696 with his halfbrother. In numerous successful wa...

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    Queen Elizabeth

    Jacob Abbott

    Elizabeth I was queen regnant of England and Ireland from 17 November 1558 until her death. Sometimes called "The Virgin Queen", "Gloriana" or "Good Queen Bess", Elizabeth was the ...

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    Cyrus the Great

    Jacob Abbott

    Cyrus the Great, also known as Cyrus the Elder, was the founder of the Achaemenid Empire. Under his rule, the empire embraced all the previous civilized states of the ancient Near ...

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    Darius the Great

    Jacob Abbott

    Darius I was the third king of the Persian Achaemenid Empire. Also called Darius the Great, he ruled the empire at its peak, when it included much of West Asia, the Caucasus, Centr...

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    Nero

    Jacob Abbott

    Nero was Roman Emperor from 54 to 68, and the last in the JulioClaudian dynasty. Nero was adopted by his greatuncle Claudius to become his heir and successor, and succeeded to the ...

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    Hannibal the Carthaginian

    Jacob Abbott

    Hannibal was a Punic Carthaginian military commander, generally considered one of the greatest military commanders in history. His father, Hamilcar Barca, was the leading Carthagin...

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    Xerxes

    Jacob Abbott

    Xerxes I of Persia also known as Xerxes the Great was the fourth king of the kings of Achaemenid Empire. Xerxes was crowned and succeeded his father in October–December 486 BC when...

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    Hannibal

    Jacob Abbott

    Hannibal was a Carthaginian general. He acquired his great distinction as a warrior by his desperate contests with the Romans. Rome and Carthage grew up together on opposite sides ...

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    Genghis Khan

    Jacob Abbott

    Genghis Khan was the founder and Great Khan (emperor) of the Mongol Empire, which became the largest contiguous empire in history after his demise. He came to power by uniting many...

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    Mary Queen of Scots

    Jacob Abbott

    Mary, Queen of Scots (1542 – 1587), also known as Mary Stuart or Mary I of Scotland, was queen of Scotland from 1542 to 1567 and queen consort of France from 1559 to 1560. Mary, th...

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    Cleopatra

    Jacob Abbott

    Cleopatra, was the last active pharaoh of Ancient Egypt. Cleopatra originally ruled jointly with her father, Ptolemy XII Auletes, and later with her brothers, Ptolemy XIII and Ptol...

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    Charles the Second

    Jacob Abbott

    Charles II was monarch of the three kingdoms of England, Scotland, and Ireland. Charles II's father, King Charles I, was executed at Whitehall on 30 January 1649, at the climax of ...

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    William the Conqueror

    Jacob Abbott

    William the Conqueror was the first Norman King of England, reigning from 1066 until his death in 1087. The descendant of Viking raiders, he had been Duke of Normandy since 1035 un...

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    The Jacob Abbott History Collection

    Jacob Abbott

    Karpathos publishes the greatest works of history's greatest authors and collects them to make it easy and affordable for readers to have them all at the push of a button.  Al...

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    Alexander the Great

    Jacob Abbott

    Alexander the Great died when he was quite young. He was but thirtytwo years of age when he ended his career, and as he was about twenty when he commenced it, it was only for a per...

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    Alexander the Great

    Jacob Abbott

    Alexander the Great was a king of the Greek kingdom of Macedon. Born in Pella in 356 BC, Alexander succeeded his father, Philip II, to the throne at the age of twenty. He spent mos...

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    Charles the First

    Jacob Abbott

    Charles I was monarch of the three kingdoms of England, Scotland, and Ireland from 27 March 1625 until his execution in 1649. After his succession, Charles quarrelled with the Pa...

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    Alexander the Great - Jacob Abbott

    Jacob Abbott

    Alexander III of Macedon Aléxandros III ho Makedn; commonly known as Alexander the Grea was a king (basileus) of the ancient Greek kingdom of Macedon[a] and a member of the Argead ...

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    1000 Words

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    Inspired by Jami Attenberg’s wildly popular literary movement #1000WordsofSummer, this writer’s guide features encouraging essays on creativity, productivity, and writing from accl...

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    The History of Pyrrhus

    Jacob Abbott

    Pyrrhus was a Greek general and statesman of the Hellenistic era. He was king of the Greek tribe of Molossians, of the royal Aeacid house (from c. 297 BC), and later he became king...

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    Julius Caesar

    Jacob Abbott

    Julius Caesar was a Roman general, statesman, Consul, and notable author of Latin prose. He played a critical role in the events that led to the demise of the Roman Republic and th...

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    Julius Caesar

    Jacob Abbott

    There were three great European nations in ancient days, each of which furnished history with a hero: the Greeks, the Carthaginians, and the Romans.The Roman hero was Caesar. He wa...

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    King Alfred of England

    Jacob Abbott

    King Alfred the Great was King of Wessex from 871 to 899. Alfred successfully defended his kingdom against the Viking attempt at conquest, and by the time of his death had become t...