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Ralph Waldo Emerson
Date: 1803 - 1882
Remarks: Leading member of the Transcendentalist movement, he presented many of its philosophic concepts in his first major publication "Nature," 1836. He settled in Concord, MA in a colony of authors and became close friends with the Alcotts, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Henry Thoreau, and Margaret Fuller among others. Like many of his New England friends, he was an ardent abolitionist and delivered frequent antislavery lectures.