September 30, 2021
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Walt Whitman is born
His family moves to Brooklyn
Begins job as Printing apprentice for the Brooklyn Patriot.
Whitman leaves school
The Whitman family moves back to Long Island, leaving fourteen-year-old Walt by himself
Whitman's newspaper trade is destroyed by fire. He rejoins his parents and siblings in Long Island and gets a job as a schoolteacher.
Whitman temporarily leaves teaching to take over the editorship of The Long Islander newspaper. After ten months he sells the paper and returns to teaching.
Whitman moves back to New York City. He works in newspapers as both a typesetter and as a freelance writer
Whitman publishes his first novel, Franklin Evans; or The Inebriate.
Whitman starts a job as the editor of the Brooklyn Daily Eagle newspaper. His articles there include reviews of early novels
Whitman is forced out of his job at the Brooklyn Daily Eagle after a political dispute with his boss over Whitman's opposition to slavery.
Back in New York, Whitman found an antislavery newspaper called the Weekly Freeman. The paper's offices are burned after the first issue is published.
Whitman publishes the first edition of Leaves of Grass, a collection of twelve poems written in a bold new style.
Whitman's father dies.
The second edition of Leaves of Grass is published, now with 32 poems. He also reprints Emerson's congratulatory letter without permission, angering the elder poet.
Writer Henry David Thoreau and educator Bronson Alcott travel from Concord, Massachusetts to visit Whitman.
Whitman spends two years as the editor for the Brooklyn Daily Times.
The Civil War breaks out. Whitman moves to Washington D.C. and works as a nurse in the military hospitals.
President Abraham Lincoln is assassinated at Ford's Theater less than a week after the Confederate surrender. Whitman, now a clerk at the U.S. Department of the Interior, composes the poems "When Lilacs Last in the Dooryard Bloom'd" and "O Captain! My Captain!" in honor of the fallen president.
Whitman's boss at the Department of the Interior fires him because of the supposedly obscene content of Leaves of Grass, which Whitman works on during his downtime at the office.
Whitman and his friend William D. O'Connor publish The Good Gray Poet, a defense of Whitman in the wake of his firing from the Interior.
Whitman publishes the fifth edition of Leaves of Grass.
Whitman suffers his first stroke, which leaves him partially paralyzed. It is the first of several serious health problems that Whitman endures in the last twenty years of his life.
Four months after his stroke, Whitman's mother Louisa dies. Walt moves in with his brother George in Camden, New Jersey.
Thanks to his earnings from Leaves of Grass, Whitman buys a house on Camden's Mickle Street.
Whitman suffers another stroke that causes paralysis. His health is in severe decline, and he redrafts his will
Whitman prepares the final edition of Leaves of Grass, known as the "Deathbed Edition."
Walt Whitman dies at home in Camden at the age of 72.
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