Reference Entry

Lowell, John

Sandra Opdycke

in American National Biography Online

Published in print January 1999 |
Published online February 2000 | e-ISBN: 9780198606697 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/anb/9780198606697.article.1500426

More Like This

Show all results sharing these subjects:

  • Social and Cultural History
  • Society and Culture
  • Manufacturing
  • History of Manufacturing and Construction

GO

Show Summary Details

Preview

Lowell, John (11 May 1799–04 March 1836), philanthropist and businessman, was born in Boston, Massachusetts, the son of Francis Cabot Lowell, one of the nation’s first great cotton manufacturers, and Hannah Jackson. Lowell, whose family generally called him John, Jr., was born prematurely and was sickly as a boy. In 1810 he accompanied his family on an extended trip to Europe. While Lowell attended school in Edinburgh, Scotland, his father studied the new English power looms, surreptitiously gathering enough information to launch mechanized cotton weaving in the United States. The next year the family moved to Paris, where Lowell again attended school. Sailing home on an American ship in the midst of the War of 1812, they were captured by the British and detained in Halifax, Nova Scotia, before finally arriving back in Boston....

Reference Entry.  1170 words. 

Subjects: Social and Cultural History ; Society and Culture ; Manufacturing ; History of Manufacturing and Construction

Full text: subscription required

How to subscribe Recommend to my Librarian

Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content. Please, subscribe or login to access all content. subscribe or login to access all content.