After twenty-six years of work, Noah Webster published the first American Dictionary of the English Language. He left Yale for four years to fight in the Revolutionary War and died MAY 28, 1843.
"America is another name for opportunity. Our whole history appears like a last effort of divine Providence in behalf of the human race," wrote Ralph Waldo Emerson, an American poet born on MAY 25, 1803.
Suffering hundreds of death threats for his politically incorrect stand on the value of human life, William Lloyd Garrison died MAY 24, 1879. "Wherever there is a human being, I see God-given rights inherent in that being, whatever may be the sex or complexion."
Kit Carson, a fur trapper, Indian agent, and soldier died of an abdominal aortic aneurysm on MAY 23, 1868, at the age of 58. Carson had many accomplishments including mapping the second half of the Oregon Trail.
The SS SAVANNAH left MAY 22, 1819, from Savannah, Georgia, and 25 days later arrived in Liverpool, England. President Franklin Roosevelt designated MAY 22, 1933, as National Maritime Day.
A schoolteacher, Clara Barton organized the American Red Cross on May 21, 1881. She distributed relief supplies to wounded soldiers and aided for nearly four years in searching for missing soldiers.