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The Final Test

A Biography of

James Ball Naylor


Theresa Marie Flaherty


Selected as a Finalist by the Natonal Indie Excellence Book Awards in the Historical Biography category based on excellence of presentation.


James Ball Naylor, one of the most well known men in the country at the turn of the twentieth century, has since faded into the shadows of obscurity. His story is an inspirational accont of his rise from an impoverished childhood, his fight to get an education, his truggle through hardships in becoming a country doctor in rural Ohio, the development of his passion for writing that took form in poetry, novels and children's books. He became well known as an entertainer and a speaker on the Lyceum and Chautauqua Circuits, as well as a political force both as a candidate and as a newspaper columnist.