On May 31, 1819, Walter Whitman Jr. is born in West Hills, New York. He is the second of eight surviving children born to Walter Whitman Sr. and Louisa Van Velsor Whitman. On May 27, 1823, The Whitman family moves to Brooklyn, beginning Walt's love affair with New York City. They move frequently around the borough, and Walt Whitman attends public schools.
In 1830, Eleven-year-old Walt Whitman drops out of school in order to work and earn money for his family. He works as an assistant in the offices of a doctor and a lawyer. In 1831 Whitman gets a job as an apprentice for the Long Island Patriot newspaper. He immediately takes to the profession, and is soon freelancing on his own as a printer and typesetter for local publications.In 1936 Whitman's newspaper trade comes to a halt after a fire destroys the printing district in New York. He rejoins his parents and siblings in Long Island and gets a job as a schoolteacher. In 1962, Walt Whitman dies at home in Camden at the age of 72. He is buried in Camden's Harleigh Cemetery.
Keep your face always toward the sunshine - and shadows will fall behind you. - Walt Whitman. Keep your face always toward the sunshine - and shadows will fall behind you. I am as bad as the worst, but, thank God, I am as good as the best. I cannot be awake for nothing looks to me as it did before, Or else I am awake for the first time, and all before has been a mean sleep.