Ralph Waldo Emerson biography :
American writer Ralph Waldo Emerson was born on 25
May 1803 in Boston, Massachusetts. At the tender age of eight, Ralph
Waldo Emerson’s father, Reverend William Emerson, died. He and his
three surviving brothers (his parents had seven children) were then
raised by their mother, Ruth Haskins.
Emerson studied at Harvard College at 14 and proceeded to attend the
Harvard Divinity School. He was ordained a minister of the Second
Church in Boston in 1829, just before he married his first wife, Ellen
Louisa Tucker in 30 September of the same year. He resigned from this
position in 1832 shortly after his wife passed away from tuberculosis
on 08 February 1831.
Distraught over the death of his wife, Emerson sold his properties and
went to Europe. He spent most of his time in Italy and had occasional
trips to Switzerland and Paris. It was during his stay in Paris, at
the Jardin Des Plantes, that he became interested in science and
became a naturalist.
On October 1833, Emerson returned to the United States and became a
public lecturer. In 1835, Emerson moved to Concorde, Massachusetts,
where he met and married Lydia Jackson on 14 September 1835. This
union produced four children: Waldo, Ellen Edith and Edward. His
eldest son, Waldo, died of Scarlatina in 1842.
Emerson wrote several literary works, among these is his first book
entitled Nature (1836) and his greatest essay, “The Poet” which was
penned in 1844. Ralph Waldo Emerson succumbed to pneumonia in 27 April
1882 in Concord, Massachusetts.