Teaching American Philosophy Mobile

This timeline establishes the intellectual and cultural contexts in which these American philosophers wrote and lived.

1831: Death of Emerson's wife

Emerson's first wife, Ellen Louisa Tucker Emerson, dies of tuberculosis at age 19. Shortly thereafter, Emerson resigns from the ministry.

1703: Jonathan Edwards is born

Jonathan Edwards was born on October 5, 1703, in the village of East Windsor, Connecticut, in the Connecticut River Valley, an area that at the time was considered the western edge of America.

1703: Puritan home and hearth

Edwards's homes were built in standard Puritan design.

1803: Ralph Waldo Emerson born

Ralph Waldo Emerson was born on May 5, 1803, in Boston, Massachusetts.

1817: Emerson enters Harvard College

Emerson enters Harvard College in 1817 at the age of 14.

1716: Edwards enters Yale College

Edwards enters Yale College in 1716 at the age of 13

1720: Edwards writes "Of Insects"

When he was a 16-year -old student at Yale University, Edwards wrote this brilliant short set of observations on the behavior of spiders.

1721: Edwards has a religious conversion

Edwards had a religious conversion--an experience of receiving God's grace--in Enfield Woods in 1721.

1726: Edwards becomes a minister

Edwards becomes minister of Northampton Church, working under his famous grandfather, Solomon Stoddard.

1728: Edwards marries

Edwards marries Sarah Pierpont in Northampton in 1728.

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