Edwin Monroe Bacon
Bacon, c. 1896
Bacon, c. 1896
Born(1844-10-20)October 20, 1844
Providence, Rhode Island
DiedFebruary 24, 1916(1916-02-24) (aged 71)
Boston, Massachusetts
Pen nameTaverner
OccupationNewspaper editor and writer
SpouseCusta E. Hill

Edwin Monroe Bacon (alternately, Edwin Munroe Bacon; pseudonym, Taverner; October 20, 1844 – February 24, 1916) was an American writer and editor who worked for the Boston Daily Advertiser and The Boston Globe and also wrote books about Boston, Massachusetts, and New England. His books include Bacon's Dictionary of Boston.


Bacon was born on October 20, 1844, in Providence, Rhode Island. He was the son of Henry and Eliza Ann (Munroe) Bacon, and the brother of the painter Henry Bacon. He was of English and Scotch ancestry. His father, born in Boston, son of Robert Bacon, a native of Barnstable, of an early Cape Cod family, and prominent in his day as a manufacturer at Baconville (now part of Winchester), was a Universalist clergyman and editor, who died in Philadelphia when the son was 12 years old. His mother was a native of Lexington, Massachusetts, and two of her ancestors fought in the fight on Lexington Green. She was a descendant of William Munroe, from Scotland, settled in Lexington in 1660.[1]

Bacon's early education was mainly attained in private schools in Providence, Philadelphia, and Boston. He finished his studies in an academy at Foxboro, Massachusetts, a private and boarding school, which flourished for many years under James L. Stone as principal, and which fitted many boys for college. Prepared for college, he determined not to enter, but at once to engage in the work of his chosen profession.[1]

Bacon worked for the Boston Daily Advertiser (1863–1886, intermittently); Illustrated Chicago News (1864–1868); The New York Times (1868–1872); The Boston Globe (1873–1878); The Boston Post (1886–1891); The Time and the Hour (1897–1900).[2][3][4] He sometimes wrote under the pen-name "Taverner."[5]

In 1880, Dartmouth College awarded Bacon an honorary Master of Arts degree. He died on February 24, 1916, at his home in Boston; he was survived by his wife and a daughter.[6]

Selected works

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  1. ^ a b Bacon 1896, p. 836.
  2. ^ Who's who in New England. A.N. Marquis, 1915.
  3. ^ Rossiter Johnson, John Howard Brown, eds. The twentieth century biographical dictionary of notable Americans. The Biographical Society, 1904.
  4. ^ Richard Herndon, Edwin Monroe Bacon. Boston of to-day: a glance at its history and characteristics. With biographical sketches and portraits of many of its professional and business men. Boston: Post Publishing Company, 1892; p.133.
  5. ^ Lindsay Swift. Literary landmarks of Boston : a visitor's guide to points of literary interest in and about Boston. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Co., 1903.
  6. ^ "Edwin M. Bacon Dead". The New York Times. February 25, 1916. Retrieved March 16, 2021 – via newspapers.com.


Preceded byMaturin Murray Ballou Editor of The Boston Globe 1873–1878 Succeeded byEdwin C. Bailey