- we hunt the dead

Ralph Waldo Emerson
May 25, 1803 – April 27, 1882
Sleepy Hollow Cemetery - Concord, MA


Ralph Waldo Emerson was a Unitarian minister, poet, essayist, speaker and general important mind of the 19th Century.  He, along with Henry David Thoreau, Bronson Alcott (the father of Louisa May Alcott) and others, formed the basis for the Transcendentalist movement of the 1800s.  Emerson maintained friendships with many famous intellectuals and writers from the Concord area, many of whom are also buried in Sleepy Hollow Cemetery and on Author's Ridge.  



The Emerson family plot is surrounded by a chain.  He is joined here by his second wife Lydian and daughter Ellen.  His marker is actually a large boulder with a metal plaque attached.


Ralph Waldo Emerson
Born in Boston May 25, 1803
Died i n Concord April 27, 1882
"The Passive Master Lent his hand to the vast soul that o'er him planned."


This plot is set slightly apart from the others on Author's Ridge.  To find it, first find Author's Ridge, then follow the Emerson specific arrow to his plot.





Factoid:  Ralph Waldo Emerson coined the phrase "the shot heard round the world".


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