A chronology of key events in the life of Walt Whitman.
1819, May 31
Born, West Hills, Long Island, N.Y.
Various jobs as office boy, printer's devil, schoolteacher, typesetter, and journalist
Writer and typesetter, Long Island Democrat
Associated with over ten newspapers and magazines, including the Aurora (New York) and the Evening Tattler (New York)
Editor, Brooklyn Eagle
Writer, New Orleans Crescent
Editor, Brooklyn Freeman
Published Leaves of Grass (Brooklyn, N.Y.: [Printed by Rome Brothers, Brooklyn, New York]. 95 pp.); enlarged and revised in succeeding editions of 1856, 1860-1861, 1867, 1871, 1876, 1881-1882, 1888-1889, and and 1891-1892.
Editor, Brooklyn Times
Hospital nurse, Washington, D.C.
Published Drum Taps (New York: [Printed by Peter Eckler, New York]. 72 pp.)
Clerk, Interior Department
Clerk, Office of the Attorney General, Justice Department
Published Democratic Vistas (Washington, D.C.: [Printed by J. S. Redfield, New York]. 84 pp.)
Published Passage to India (Washington, D.C.: [Printed by J. S. Redfield, New York]. 120 pp.)
Published After All, Not to Create Only (Boston: Roberts Brothers. 24 pp.)
Published As a Strong Bird on Pinions Free (Washington, D.C.: [Printed by S. W. Green, New York]. 14 pp.)
Suffered paralytic stroke
Published Memoranda During the War (Camden, N.J.: Author's edition. 68 pp.)
Published Two Rivulets (Camden, N.J.: Author's edition. 32 pp.)
Published Specimen Days and Collect (Philadelphia: David McKay. 376 pp.)
Published November Boughs (Philadelphia: David McKay. 140 pp.)
Published Good-Bye My Fancy (Philadelphia: David McKay. 66 pp.)
1892, Mar. 26
Died, Camden, N.J.