Henry David Thoreau

Born July 12, 1817 and died May 6, 1862

he was an American author, abolitionist, naturalist, philosopher, and historian best known for his book Walden and his essay on civil disobedience.

Thoreau was always looking into nature for answers so he withdrew  himself from society in protest of the Mexican-American War where he lived in the wilderness next to Walden Pond for most of his life.

He was later arrested because he refused to pay his pole taxes that supported the war. During his time in jail he wrote an essay on civil disobedience that has made him an icon of pacifism, non violence. and freedom for all time.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Henry_david_thoreau

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