He was the son of Jacob and Betsey Abbott. Grew to adulthood in the place of his birth.
He graduated from Bowdoin College and attended Andover Seminary School. He was an ordained minister.
On May 18, 1828, Jacob Abbott and Harriet Vaughan married; the following year, he and his brother John founded Mt. Vernon School, a high school for girls, which opened in Boston in June 1829. While at Mt. Vernon, Abbott saw his first books published.
In 1834, Abbott left Mt. Vernon and moved to Roxbury, where he accepted the pastorate of a Congregational Church. The following year, he published what became the first of the Rollo series. The second Rollo book was published the same year, with others added to the series in subsequent years, for a total of fourteen volumes.
In 1836 or 1837, Abbott resigned his pastorate for health reasons and returned to Maine with his family, wintering in his father's house in Farmington. He bought land across the street and built a home.
Jacob was one of Americas' most prolific writers of books for young adults. His Rollo books are his best known works. He also had a series of Lucy books, Jonas books etc. for the young. He wrote histories and biographies as well.
His four sons, Benjamin, Edward, Austin and Lyman were all published authors also.
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Gravesite Details He was one of the first to be buried here.