May 31, 1819-March 26, 1892
West Hills, Huntington, Long Island New York
Walter was born on May 31, 1819, in Long Island, New York, His parents Owned Quakers, Walter and Louisa Van Velsor Whitman. Walter was the second out of nine Children. His dad named three of his seven sons after American leaders Andrew Jackson, George Washington, and Thomas Jefferson. One of his brother died at the age of six months. When Walter was four years old his family moved to Brooklyn, he and his family moved alot due to bad investments. Walter was not very happy as a child because of his family's economic status. One happy moment that he remembered was when he was lifted in the air and kissed on the cheek by the Marquis De Lafayette during a celebration in Brooklyn on July 4, 1825.
When Walter was eleven he concluded school. He then went to look for a job for more money for his family. He was an office boy for two lawyers and later was an Apprentice for the weekly Long Island newspaper the Patriot, edited by Samuel E. Clements.There Walter learned about the printing press and Typesetting. The following summer his family moved back to NY, but he stayed and took the job of being the editor of the Whig weekly newspaper for the Long Island Star. When he was 16 he left and moved backed to NY. He then teached, but wasn't very successful at it, so then he went back to NY and edited more newspaper and he then died in 1892.
A Clear Midnight
THIS is thy hour O Soul, thy free flight into the wordless,
Away from books, away from art, the day erased, the lesson done,
Thee fully forth emerging, silent, gazing, pondering the themes thou
Night, sleep, death and the stars.
This poem is talking about that you should take a break from everything around you and just relax and look at the stars and sky.