Ralph Waldo Emerson

By: Gabriela and Carlisle

Biography

Emerson was born in Boston, Massachusetts on May 25, 1803. He was an American Journalist, and philosopher, and Poet. His father was a clergyman, like most of his male ancestors had been. He attended Boston Latin University after Harvard College. He was licensed as a minister in 1826 and ordained to the Unitarian church in 1829. Emerson married Ellen Tucker in 1829. When she died of tuberculosis in 1831, he was grief-stricken. Her death, added to his own recent crisis of faith, caused him to resign from the clergy.

Significance

Emerson was a key essayist, journalist, and poet for the American

Transcendentalism movement. The Transcendentalism, was a religious and philosophical movement that was developed during the late 1820s and '30s. In 1833, he began to give lecture on topics, such as the spiritual experience and ethical living.

Ralph Waldo Emerson