Walt Whitman: The Poet

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  • D.O.B

    born May 31, 1819 in West Hills, New York
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    The Life of Walt Whitman

  • Began printing (age 12)

    He learned printers trade and fell in love with the written word. He also was self-taught.
  • Began teaching

    Started teaching in a one-room schoolhouse at age 17
  • Started journalism

    He took journalism as a full-time career.
  • Edited for New Orleans Cresent

    Edited for New Orleans Cresent, after leaving Brooklyn Daily Eagle.
  • 1st copyrighted edition of Leaves of Grass

    Took out a copyright on the first edition of Leaves of Grass, which involved twelve untitled poems and a preface.
  • 2nd edition of Leaves of Grass

    Released a second edition of Leaves of Grass in 1856, containing thirty-three poems.
  • went to Washington D.C.

    Traveled to Washington, D.C. in December 1862 to tend for his brother who had been wounded in the war.
  • Move to Camden, NJ and had a heart attack

    Moved to Camden, NJ, in early 1870's, where he had to visit his dying mother at his brother's house, then couldnt get back because of the heart attack that made him partially paralized.
  • Bought a Home

    Stayed with his brother till the publication of Leaves of Grass gave Whitman enough money to buy a home in Camden
  • D.O.D

    Died on March 26, 1892
  • Right after his death

    He was buried in a tombstone he designed and built on a lot in Harleigh Cemetery, after his death