Lowell and the American Industrial Revolution would not exist if not for the consistent efforts of capitalists, mill workers, activists and other influential figures. Explore some of their stories below!
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    The Mill Girls

    The first labor force in Lowell's mills

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    The Boardinghouse Keeper

    The woman who took care of and watched the workers during their time off

  • a woman sitting in a chair with a book in her lap
    Lucy Larcom

    Once a mill girl, she would go on to become a respected author writing about her experiences in Lowell

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    Sarah Bagley

    A mill girl, labor activist, author and leader

  • Two women standing side by side
    Women's History in Lowell

    If you are interested in learning more about the women workers and activists of Lowell, we have a number of resources gathered together

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    Kirk Boott

    One of the men instrumental in designing Lowell and its power systems, this controversial figure made Lowell look the way it does today

  • A man looking forward and right with text below reading James B Francis
    James B. Francis

    An engineer essential in running and expanding Lowell's water power prowess

  • A man in a suit and bowtie facing forward and left
    Nathan Appleton

    One of Lowell's first investors whose experience ranged from politics to economics

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    Patrick Tracy Jackson

    An influential figure in local politics and economics, Jackson greatly impacted how Lowell's early development played out

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    Abbott Lawrence

    Investing in Lowell, he would go on to try his hand in politics and become a founder of Lawrence's textile industry

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    Jack Kerouac

    A respected author from the Beat Generation who grew up in Lowell

Last updated: June 20, 2024

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