Ralph Waldo Emerson

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“To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment,” Ralph Waldo Emerson once said. Ralph was born on May 25, 1803 in Boston, Massachusetts(poets.org). His father was a clergyman, which is a male religious leader, just like many other ancestors were (poets.org). When Ralph was about 8 years old, his father died from stomach cancer, after the birth of his eighth child (shmoop.com). When Ralph was young, he attended the Boston Latin School (poets.org). After graduating from Boston School, he began an undergraduate study in Harvard (shmoop.com). He worked part-time as a grammar teacher to earn money (shmoop.com). When Emerson graduated from Harvard, he began to teach at a girls’ school (shmoop.com). The school was run by William, one brother of eight siblings (shmoop.com). His very first publication was a magazine article called “Thoughts on the Religion of the Middle Ages.” After working at his brother’s school for a certain time, Ralph decided to go back to study at Harvard’s newest building, the School of Divinity (shmoop.com). He left his teaching job and sailed south during the winter to restore his failing health (shmoop.com). In 1828, Emerson became engaged to Ellen Louisa Tucker, whom he met when he sailed south (shmoop.com). He then married Ellen in 1829 (biography.com). He then got associated with a church and learned how to be a pastor (shmoop.com). Soon, he became the head pastor of the church

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