Full Name: Walter Whitman
Why Famous: Among the most influential poets in the American canon, often called the father of free verse. He was part of the transition between transcendentalism and realism, incorporating both views in his works.
- 1855-07-04 In Brooklyn, New York, the first edition of Walt Whitman's book of poems, "Leaves of Grass" is published
- "Keep your face always toward the sunshine - and shadows will fall behind you."