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 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.

Emerson married Annie Shepard Keyes of Concord in 1874. Four of their seven children lived to adulthood, and only one of their seven children survived them, their children were:

  • Ellen Tucker Emerson (1880 - 1921), who married Charles Milton Davenport when she was 40 in 1920.[4]
  • Florence Emerson (b. 1882)
  • William Forbes Emerson (b. 1884)
  • Raymond Emerson (1886-1977), who lived in Concord, married Amelia Forbes April 19, 1913, and became a civil engineer and later an investment manager.[5]

Family tree[edit]

Joseph Emerson
William Emerson, Sr.
William Emerson
Mary Moody Emerson
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Lidian Jackson Emerson
Edward Waldo Emerson
John Malcolm Forbes
Raymond Emerson
Amelia Forbes


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. Vol. 59. 1907. p. 557.
  3. ^ Carl L. Anderson (1999). "Emerson, Edward Waldo". American National Biography. New York: Oxford University Press.
  4. ^ "2. A. Marshall (Boston). Annie Keyes Emerson and daughter Ellen Tucker Emerson, 1880. From a carte de visite (source undiscovered)". Concord Library. Archived from the original on 15 December 2010. Retrieved 11 November 2014. Cite uses deprecated parameter |dead-url= (help)
  5. ^ "Edith Emerson Forbes and William Hathaway Forbes Papers and Additions". Mass History. Retrieved 11 November 2014.