1819 – Born on May 31st in West Hills, New York. American poet, journalist, and essayist.
1831 – Whitman grew up in Brooklyn, New York, and at age twelve began to learn the printing trade.
1846 – He moved from printing to teaching to journalism, becoming the editor of the Brooklyn Daily Eagle.
1855 – Whitman published, anonymously and at his own expense, the first edition of Leaves of Grass.
1856 – Perhaps America’s first self-publicist, Whitman allowed Emerson’s letter to be published without the writer’s permission in the New York Tribune and the second edition of Leaves of Grass.
1865 – Inspired by the death of President Abraham Lincoln, Walt Whitman wrote his famous dirge "O Captain! My Captain!".
– The poem was published in the Saturday Press to immediate acclaim and was included in the poet’s Sequel to Drum-Taps also published that year.
1892 – Died on March 26th.