Edward Waldo Emerson

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Daguerreotype of Edward Waldo Emerson and mother Lidian Jackson Emerson

Edward Waldo Emerson (July 10, 1844 – January 27, 1930[1]) was a United States physician, writer and lecturer.[2]


Emerson was born in Concord, Massachusetts. He was a son of Ralph Waldo Emerson and Lidian Jackson Emerson, and educated at Harvard, where he graduated in 1866. He graduated from the Harvard Medical School in 1874, and practiced medicine in Concord until 1882, when he received an inheritance and retired from his practice.[3] He then became an instructor in art anatomy at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts 1885–1906. He was also an accomplished equestrian.

Emerson married Annie Shepard Keyes of Concord in 1874. One of their seven children survived them. Edward Emerson was superintendent of schools in Concord and on the board of health and the cemetery and library committees. He was a founding member of the Concord Antiquarian Society (now called the Concord Museum) and a member of the Social Circle.

Family tree[edit]

Robert Hunkins, Sr.
John Hunkins
Moses Chamberlain
Abigail Stevens
William Emerson, Sr.
Robert Hunkins
Lydia Chamerlain
Watts Emerson
William Emerson
Mary Moody Emerson
Robert Hastings Hunkins
Hannah Emerson
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Lidian Jackson Emerson
Benjamin Hunkins
Edward Waldo Emerson


He wrote:

He edited:

  • Correspondence of John Sterling and Ralph Waldo Emerson (1897)
  • Centenary Edition of Ralph Waldo Emerson, annotated (1903)
  • Life and Letters of General Charles Russell Lowell (1907)
  • Emerson's Journals, with Waldo Emerson Forbes (1909)

He made many contributions to magazines.


  1. ^ "Subjects of Biographies". Dictionary of American Biography. Comprehensive Index. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons. 1990. 
  2. ^ "Emerson, Edward Waldo". Who's Who, 59: p. 557. 1907. 
  3. ^ Carl L. Anderson (1999). "Emerson, Edward Waldo". American National Biography. New York: Oxford University Press.