An American author and journalist, he posted children’s books beneath the pen name of James Otis. His best-known functions are the Boy Spies series; the Toby Tyler trilogy; the Metallic Fox Plantation series, as well as the Tommy duo. At age sixteen, he became a Civil Battle reporter for the Boston Journal. He consequently worked like a journalist and editor for numerous papers and was also a superintendent of colleges. He published a lot more than 2 hundred books during the period of his profession. He was created in Winterport, Maine. He wedded Amy L. Scamman in 1898. His 1880 book, Toby Tyler, or Ten Weeks having a Circus, was converted to a film by Walt Disney.