1795 - Carlyle Was born in Ecclefechan, Scotland on December 4, 1975.
1813 - Educated at Annan Academy and took up arts and mathematics in Edinburgh University. Upon his graduation he became a teacher at Kirkcaldy.
1818 - Commissioned to write articles for the Edinburgh Encyclopedia and for the Edinburgh Review.
1819-1821 - Carlyle went back to the University of Edinburgh, where he suffered an intense confusion in faith and conversion that would provide the material for Sartor Resartus.
1825 - Began translating the original works of the German writers Goethe and Schiller. He also wrote his own original work the "The Life of Schiller".
1826 - Carlyle married Jane Baillie Welsh and moved to London.
1832 - Carlyle's first major work, "Sartor Resartus".
1858-1865 - Carlyle's last major work was the epic life of "Frederick the Great". Carlyle's opinion about Frederick, it epitomised the transition from the liberal Enlightenment ideals of the 18th century to a new modern culture of spiritual dynamism.
1875 - Appointed as rector of the University of Edinburgh.
1881 - Carlyle died on February 5, 1881 in London.
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