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.
- RWE was a prominent leader in the Transcendentalist movement of the 19th
- He gave more than 1500 public lectures in his lifetime.
- A mentor and close friend was American philosopher and fellow transcendentalist, Henry David Thoreau.
- 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.
- At age 14, he was the youngest student in his Harvard class.
- Ahead of his time, Emerson was a supporter of the suffrage and abolitionists movement.
- Emerson suffered memory loss at the end of his life.
- 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.