Bayard Taylor was born in Kennett Square, Pennsylvania to a Quaker farming family.
Intellectually curious with a yearning to travel, his first desire was to be a poet.
He achieved some success, but was more well-known for his travelogues.
After his first 2 year walking trip through Europe, he published Views A-Foot and quickly became a celebrity.
He was hired by Horace Greeley of the New York Tribune to report on the Gold Rush.
Upon his return, he wrote Eldorado which was also a best-seller.
In 1849, he married Mary Agnew, but sadly, she died of tuberculosis the next year.