Born: November 3, 1794, Cummington, Massachusetts.
Died: June 12, 1878, Long Island, New York. Bryant died from a fall after giving a speech in Central Park, New York City.
Buried: Roslyn Cemetery, Greenvale, New York.
A well known American poet, Bryant attended Williams College, and studied law. He founded the New York Review and edited the New York Evening Post.
His most famous poem is probably Thanatopsis, but he also wrote a number of hymns. In 1869, Hymns by W. C. Bryant was privately printed.