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ABBOTT, Jacob, author, born in Hallowell, Maine, 14 November, 1803 ; died in Farmington, Maine, 31 October, 1879. He was graduated at Bowdoin College, Brunswick, Maine, in 1820, and stuD. Divinity at Andover Massachusetts, receiving ordination as a Congregational minister. From 1825 to 1829 he was professor of mathematics and natural philosophy in Amherst College, and afterward he established the Mount Vernon school for girls in Boston. In 1834 he organized a new Congregational church in Roxbury (the Eliot church)and became its pastor. He removed to Farmington, Maine, in 1839, and subsequently devoted himself almost exclusively to literary labor, dividing his time between Farmington and New York, and traveling extensively abroad. A complete catalogue of his works (which are chiefly for the young) would considerably exceed 200 titles. Many of them are serial, each series comprising from 3 to 36 volumes. Among them are the "Young Christian " series (4 vols. ; new ed., with life of the author, 1882), the "Rollo Books" (28 vols.), the " Lucy Books" (6 vols.), the "Jonas Books" (6 vols.), the " Franconia Stories "(10 vols.), the "Marco Paul Series "(6 vols.), the "Gay Family" series (12 vols.), the "Juno Books" (6 vols.), the "Rainbow" series (5 vols.), and four or five other series; "Science for the Young" (4 vols., "Heat," "Light," "Water and Land," and "Force "); "A Summer in Scotland" ; "The Teacher" ; more than 20 of the series of illustrated histories to which his brother John South Carolina contributed, and a separate series of histories of America in 8 volumes. He also edited, with additions, several historical textbooks, and compiled a series of school readers.
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