Lives of Poor Boys Who Became Famous

Sarah Knowles BOLTON (1841 - 1916)

These characters have been chosen from various countries and from varied professions, that the youth who read this book may see that poverty is no barrier to success. It usually develops ambition, and nerves people to action. Life at best has much of struggle, and we need to be cheered and stimulated by the careers of those who have overcome obstacles.

If Lincoln and Garfield, both farmer-boys, could come to the Presidency, then there is a chance for other farmer-boys. If Ezra Cornell, a mechanic, could become the president of great telegraph companies, and leave millions to a university, then other mechanics can come to fame. If Sir Titus Salt, working and sorting wool in a factory at nineteen, could build one of the model towns of the world for his thousands of workingmen, then there is encouragement and inspiration for other toilers in factories. These lives show that without WORK and WILL no great things are achieved.

I have selected several characters because they were the centres of important historical epochs. With Garibaldi is necessarily told the story of Italian unity; with Garrison and Greeley, the fall of slavery; and with Lincoln and Sheridan, the battles of our Civil War. (Summary by Sarah K. Bolton)

Genre(s): Biography & Autobiography

Language: English

Section Chapter Reader Time
Play 01 George Peabody Pamela Krantz
00:19:37
Play 02 Bayard Taylor Mary Schneider
00:22:19
Play 03 Captain James B. Eads Barry Eads
00:11:03
Play 04 James Watt sid
00:21:30
Play 05 Sir Josiah Mason Mike Pelton
00:12:09
Play 06 Bernard Palissy Mike Pelton
00:16:42
Play 07 Bertel Thorwaldsen Kristine Bekere
00:11:53
Play 08 Wolfgang Mozart Elli
00:14:12
Play 09 Samuel Johnson Kara Shallenberg
00:10:34
Play 10 Oliver Goldsmith Lucretia B.
00:10:54
Play 11 Michael Faraday Uday Sagar
00:24:28
Play 12 Sir Henry Bessemer Rosie
00:16:27
Play 13 Sir Titus Salt Pamela Krantz
00:09:27
Play 14 Joseph Marie Jacquard Rosie
00:11:07
Play 15 Horace Greeley Mark DeVol
00:29:39
Play 16 William Lloyd Garrison Lucretia B.
00:33:20
Play 17 Giuseppe Garibaldi Debra
00:23:03
Play 18 Jean Paul Richter Mike Pelton
00:29:16
Play 19 Leon Gambetta MaryAnn
00:22:09
Play 20 David G. Farragut Debra
00:24:27
Play 21 Ezra Cornell sid
00:21:49
Play 22 Lieut.-General Sheridan Debra
00:28:47
Play 23 Thomas Cole Ann Boulais
00:21:21
Play 24 Ole Bull MaryAnn
00:26:59
Play 25 Meissonier MaryAnn
00:15:30
Play 26 Geo. W. Childs Jon Smith
00:15:36
Play 27 Dwight L. Moody MaryAnn
00:27:45
Play 28 Abraham Lincoln Barry Eads
00:39:10