Ralph Waldo Emerson
The Leading American Transcendentalist
Emerson entered Harvard University at the age of 14, then at 16 found he would be better suited at the Harvard Divinity School, went through the program and was ordained a preacher. Emerson preached at the Second Unitarian Church in Boston.
In his time as a philosopher, Emerson had several influential views such as his opinion that material possessions were unnecessary and we should "go back to nature."
Emerson, Ralph Waldo
A Biography of Emerson
This is a biography of Emerson that is rather lengthy compared to this, but it is where I got the majority of my information and I hope you find it useful.
Phillips, Roxanne. Feb. 2016. Lecture.