WALT WHITMAN

Program
NYS Historic
Subject
People
Location
246 Old Walt Whitman Road, Huntington Station, NY 11746
Lat/Long
40.8170368, -73.41155579999997
Grant Recipient
Walt Whitman Birthplace Association
Historic Marker

WALT WHITMAN

Inscription

WALT WHITMAN
BORN HERE MAY 31, 1819
WROTE "LEAVES OF GRASS."
THE POET OF DEMOCRACY,
TEACHER & JOURNALIST,
TENDED CIVIL WAR WOUNDED.
WILLIAM G. POMEROY FOUNDATION 2019

It was at this site, on May 31, 1819, that American writer Walter “Walt” Whitman was born. Famous for his poetic work, Leaves of Grass, Whitman is regarded as an important figure in American Literature. During his lifetime his was employed in a variety of occupations before he pursued a career in writing. When the U.S. Civil War began there was a significant amount of bloodshed and casualties on both side sides. Thousands of sick and wounded soldiers were placed in hospitals, it was there that Walt Whitman visited and helped care for them throughout the war.  As of 2019, his birthplace still stands as a state historic site and interpretive center.


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