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Henry David Thoreau

Henry David Thoreau (July 12, 1817 - May 6, 1862) was a noted American author and philosopher who is most famous for Walden[?] and his treatise on civil disobedience.

He was born in Concord, Massachusetts and graduated from Harvard in 1837.

Hailed by some as the first environmentalist, Thoreau was a profound philosopher on the human condition. His essay Civil Disobedience was inspirational for Tolstoy and Mohandas Gandhi.

Walden[?] published in 1854, details two years and two months lived in the second growth forest around the shores of beautiful Walden Pond, not far from his friends and family in Concord. Thoreau embarked on the two-year experiment in simple living on July 4, 1845.

At various times, Thoreau earned a living as a teacher or a labourer, and by working at his family's pencil factory. He also invented a machine which simplified production while cutting manufacturing costs.

He was a student and friend of Ralph Waldo Emerson and a Transcendentalist[?].

Thoreau traveled to Cape Cod, Agiokochuk[?], and Mt. Katahdin in Maine. The trips to Maine included Ktaadn, Chesuncook and The East Branch (Penobscot River).

Thoreau died in the city of his birth, Concord, and below is a picture of Thoreau's grave in Sleepy Hollow Cemetery (not the famous Sleepy Hollow Cemetery) of Concord, Massachusetts:


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