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date: 17 November 2019

Adams, William Taylorlocked

(30 July 1822–27 March 1897)
  • Paul Holsinger


Adams, William Taylor (30 July 1822–27 March 1897), publisher and writer of juvenile fiction, was born in Medway, Massachusetts, the son of Laban Adams, a tavern keeper, and Catherine Johnson. An honors student in the Boston and West Roxbury public schools, he also attended Able Whitney’s private academy for a year after he completed his secondary schooling. He began teaching school while still in his teens but also helped his father manage the family-operated “Adams House” in Boston for a short time. As a young boy, he traveled extensively throughout the country, taking detailed notes on his journeys, many of which he used in later years in his writings. His first published work, an article in the ...

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