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TROWBRIDGE, John Townsend, Ameri can author: b. Ogden, Monroe County, N. Y., 18 Sept. 1827; d. 12 Feb. 1916. He attended a district school and by doing farm chores man aged to obtain sufficient funds to attend a classical school at Lockport, N. Y., for one term. Then he went to Illinois for a year, teaching school in the winter and working as a farmhand in summer. Returning to Lockport he taught school for a few months and then decided to devote himself to literature, for which he early had evinced a fondness. At 19 he went to New York City. His literary aspirations found no encouragement, and after a year of futile effort he removed to Boston. There he soon became widely known as a writer of stories and sketches under the pen name of Paul Creyton. In his first book, 'Father Brighthopes> (1853), Mr. Trowbridge caught the fancy of the boys of that day, and with a long series of volumes he held juvenile Interest unabated through succeeding genera tions. These included 'The Drummer Boy'

; Cave' (1863) ; The Three couts> (1864) ; 'Neighbors' Wives' (1867) ; (Coupon Bonds and Other Stories' (1872) ; 'The Silver Medal' (1908) ; 'A Pair of Mad cap' (1909) ; 'The Jack Hazard 'Toby Trafford Series' ; 'Start in Life Series' and The Tide Mill Series.' For many years he edited Our Young Folks, which numbered among its contributors Dickens, Whittier, Mayne Reid, Harriet Beecher Stowe and Louisa M. Alcott. Although his verse does not show the enduring excellence that marked his boys' books, 'Darius Green and His Flying Machine' (1870) proved him to have been unconsciously a prophet with honor. Consult his autobiog raphy, 'My Own Story' (1903).