So, for #WaldoWednesday I decided that it might be nice to introduce this man to you. I’ve posted his quotes for a while now but who is this man?

Born Ralph Waldo Emerson (May 25, 1803 – April 27, 1882) he was known professionally in his time as Waldo Emerson.

I don’t want to bore you with paragraphs of his life so I think I’ll just list some interesting facts. If you enjoy them then let them lead you to learning more about him.

  1. RWE was a prominent leader in the Transcendentalist movement of the 19th
  2. He gave more than 1500 public lectures in his lifetime.
  3. A mentor and close friend was American philosopher and fellow transcendentalist, Henry David Thoreau.
  4. The death of his first wife, Ellen Tucker, marked the end of Emerson’s belief in organized religion and the start of his Transcendentalist beliefs.
  5. At age 14, he was the youngest student in his Harvard class.
  6. Ahead of his time, Emerson was a supporter of the suffrage and abolitionists movement.
  7. Emerson suffered memory loss at the end of his life.
  8. He was raised by women.

I find that last fact to be the most important. Because he was raised by women he grew up believing and seeing that women were strong, intelligent people. He worked as a schoolmaster at the school for women that his brother founded. He cared not that society was not yet up to date with his understanding of the equality of women.


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