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Henry David Thoreau
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    (July 12, 1817-May 6, 1862)
    Birth name was David Henry Thoreau
    Wrote 'Civil Disobedience,' 'A Week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers,' 'Walden,' 'The Maine Woods,' 'Cape Cod,' 'A Yankee in Canada' and 'Early Spring in Massachusetts'
    A transcendentalist
    Famous for living at Walden Pond for two years
    His birth name was David Henry, but he insisted on being called Henry David.
    He never married and lacked interest in romantic relationships, leading some to suspect that he was gay.
    He accidentally started a forest fire while cooking dinner, burning over 100 acres (1844).
    He was arrested and jailed for refusing to pay taxes.
    His writings have been described as dense and self-indulgent.
    He defended John Brown's raid at Harper's Ferry.
    He graduated from Harvard University.
    He was fluent in French and Latin, and knew Greek, German, Italian, and Spanish.
    While working at his parents' pencil factory, he invented a machine that improved production and cut costs.
    He resigned his teaching job to protest the disciplinary beating of students.
    He opposed slavery and the Fugitive Slave Law, and was an active participant on the Underground Railroad.
    His writings on civil disobedience and government protest influenced Leo Tolstoy, Mohandas K. Gandhi, and Martin Luther King Jr.

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