Profession: Lecturer and Poet
Why Famous: As leader of the Transcendentalist movement of the mid-19th century, he was a champion of individualism and a prescient critic of the countervailing pressures of society. He remains among the linchpins of the American romantic movement.
- 1835-09-14 American leading transcendentalist Ralph Waldo Emerson (33) marries 2nd wife Lydia (Lidian) Jackson in Plymouth, Massachusetts.
- 1836-09-09 Ralph Waldo Emerson publishes his influential essay "Nature" in the US, outlining his beliefs in transcendentalism
- 1837-08-31 Ralph Waldo Emerson gives his famous "The American Scholar" speech to Phi Beta Kappa Society at Harvard College, Cambridge, Massachusetts, declares American literary independence from Europe
- 1862-02-01 Ralph Waldo Emerson and Charles Sumner meet with President Abraham Lincoln at The White House, Washington
- "People seem not to see that their opinion of the world is also a confession of character."