Henry David Thoreau

By Seth Bayle

Early Life

Thoreau was born July, 12, 1817, in Concord MA. His legal name is David Henry Thoreau, but he changed it illegally, he studied at Harvard College between 1833 and 1837 (Age 16-20), living in Hollis Holls and taking courses in Rhetoric, Classics, Philosphy, Mathermatics, and Science, more classes then the required amount
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Coming Home

After college, he moved back to his family and lived with them. He eventually started teaching at the school his brother and him started a year after Thoreau had finished college. The school shut down four years later in 1842 because his brother became fatally ill from tetanus after cutting himself while shaving. John had died in Henry's arms leaving the 25 year old Henry traumatized.
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Participation in the Reform Movement

Thoreau was in a church but didn’t like the way of training which was claiming that god was quickly condemning people to hell, Thoreau rejected this and believed there was a god in everyone and went to transcendentalism. People viewed forests as firewood but David Thoreau saw them as pleasure places, or a place to saunder and read or write.


Thoreau wrote Walden, A transcendentalism book about Henry David Thoreau and how he went into the woods for 2 years, 2 months, and 2 days. Wanting to survey nature and write about it.

"I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived."- Henry David Thoreau

This book was very important, it showed views of a transcendtalism and told what he saw in Nature a place in which people thought it was just firewood, this book is now required to be read if you go to college because of its importance.

End of Life

Thoreau was remembered for his writings the most important ones being“Resistance to Civil Government” later changed to “Civil Disobedience”, and “Walden” A book made about transcendentalism. Henry was usually unhealthy, and he developed tuberculosis in college. Which ended with him meeting his demise at the age of 44, remembered for his writings, most remembered for walden.

"Henry David Thoreau, (born July 12, 1817, Concord, Massachusetts, U.S.—died May 6, 1862, Concord), American essayist, poet, and practical philosopher, renowned for having lived the doctrines ofTranscendentalism as recorded in his masterwork, Walden (1854), and for having been a vigorous advocate of civil liberties, ..."