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Ralph Waldo Emerson was a man that lived for ideas and the process in which ideas are created Yannella 1 He was a complicated energetic and emotionally intense man who believed that the mind should be used actively with energy and passion Yannella 1 Emerson was a transcendentalist who hated the thought of the mind being wasted Yannella 1 In this paper I will inform you about the background and history of Emersons life his achievements and the impressions he left behind during his life time The background and history of Emersons life are quite extensive Ralph Waldo Emerson was born to Ruth and William Emerson on May 25 1803 in Boston Massachusetts Yannella1 Ralph Waldo was the fourth child of Ruth and William and the third son in his family Yannella 1 No one would have ever expected Emerson to become such a great influence in the world Emersons early childhood is not elaborated on much but the pressure for Emerson to become a mister was great Seven of Waldos ancestors were ministers and his father William Emerson was a minister of the First Church of Boston Yannella 1 Emersons father was a man who apposed interests in the arts music and literature Yannella 1 Emersons father William was a Unitarian who was bitter about the financial poverty of his family and often pushed the belief of Unitarianism on his children and demanded they keep the family tradition of a ministry in the familyYannella 1 Emerson and his family suffered the many mood swings of William until the year of 1811 when William started to show the signs of having consumption Yannella2 Late in the year 1811 around the time Waldo was eight William Emerson died leaving behind a wife and eight childrenYannella 2 The burden of Williams death left Ruth to struggle with poverty and the stress of raising her large family Richardson 224 Although Ruth was a plain woman she was
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