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William Taylor Adams

Date of birth : 1822-07-30
Date of death : 1897-03-27
Birthplace : Medway, Massachusetts, U.S.
Nationality : American
Category : Famous Figures
Last modified : 2011-05-10

William Taylor Adams, pseudonym Oliver Optic, was a noted academic, author, and Massachusetts state legislator. He was born in Medway, Massachusetts in 1822 to Captain Laban Adams and Catherine Johnson Adams.

A self-educated Boston-area teacher, Adams is best known for his Oliver Optic's Magazine for Boys and Girls (1867-75). He was also a prolific dime novelist, writing often with a moral bent. Nearly all of this extremely popular author's work is forgotten today.

He became a teacher in the Boston, Massachusetts public schools in 1845, and remained in that capacity through 1865. In 1846, he married Sarah Jenkins, with whom he had two children.

He served as a member of the School Board of Dorchester, Massachusetts, for 14 years. In 1869, he became a member of the Massachusetts General Court.

He died in Dorchester in 1897.

Books:

Indoors and Out (1855)
The Boat Club (1855)
Young America Abroad
The Starry Flag
Onward and Upward
The Yacht Club


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