Lion Ben of Elm Island


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Elijah Kellogg, Jr. (May 20, 1813 – March 17, 1901) was an American Congregationalist minister, lecturer and author of popular boy’s adventure books.

Born in Portland, Maine, Kellogg was the son of a minister and missionary to local Native Americans. He graduated from Bowdoin College in 1840 and Andover Theological Seminary. Kellogg served as a minister of the church in Harpswell, Maine 1844–54, as chaplain of the Boston Seaman’s Friend Society and pastor of the Mariners’ Church of Boston 1855–1865; and ended his life as minister of the church in Topsham, Maine from 1871 until his death in 1901.

Kellogg began writing children’s books in the 1860s, and was highly productive. While he is best known to students of rhetoric as the author of the once-popular monologue “Spartacus to the Gladiators at Capua” (written for a student competition while he was still an undergraduate at Bowdoin), he later produced several series of books. These include: Elm Island Series (6 stories); Pleasant Cove Series (6 stories); Whispering Pine Series (6 stories; set at Bowdoin College, his alma mater, of which his father was later a trustee.); Forest Glen Series (6 stories); Good Old Times Series (4 stories), all published from 1869-1882. He had other writings as well.

While his stories [at the time] were predominately for young and teenage “boys”, by the standards of writing today, young and teenage girls would enjoy them as well.

Please enjoy your reading.