John Townsend Trowbridge

John Trowbridge

bronze, 1906
gift of Lawrence Dallin

During his lifetime, Arlington resident John Townsend Trowbridge (1827-1916) was a well known author and poet, a founding contributor to the Atlantic Monthly, and one of the best known writers of juvenile fiction in the 19th century.  He is the author of Tide-Mill Stories, which takes place on Arlington’s Mystic Lakes.  His anti-slavery novel, Neighbor Jackman, helped arouse abolitionist sentiment.  Trowbridge’s friends included Ralph Waldo Emerson, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Mark Twain, and Harriet Beecher Stowe as well as the Dallins.