What Are Some Interesting Facts About Henry David Thoreau?


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Henry David Thoreau was born in Concord, Massachusetts. Thoreau had two older siblings and one younger sibling.

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  • Thoreau attended Harvard University.
  • His father ran a pencil factor and his mom rented out rooms in the family home to boarders.
  • He studied Greek, German, and Latin.
  • He befriended Ralph Waldo Emerson who became his mentor.
  • After graduating from Harvard, he took over the Concord Academy until the death of his brother.
  • In the early 1840s, Thoreau moved in with Ralph Waldo Emerson and began babysitting his children.
  • In 1842, Henry's brother John Jr, contracted tetanus from shaving. He died in Henry's arms.
  • In 1848, he spend the night in jail after refusing to pay toll taxes.
  • After the Fugitive Slave Law was passed in the 1850s, he hid slaves in his home to defy the new law.
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