- Lichfield, Staffordshire, England
- September 18, 1709 – Born
Life Sketch from The Other Eminent Men of Wilford WoodruffCopyright © Taken from the book: The Other Eminent Men of Wilford Woodruff. Special thanks to Vicki Jo Anderson. Please do not copy. English Moralist, Writer, Lexicographer 1709-1784 Samuel Johnson is one of the eminent spirits who appeared to President Wilford Woodruff in the St. George Temple on August 21, 1877. This interesting story is detailed in the Eminent Spirits Appear to Wilford Woodruff wiki. Thomas Macaulay wrote in the 1800s that Johnson was “more intimately known to posterity than other men are known their contemporaries.” He produced the first English dictionary, using writers from the Elizabethan era as a measuring rod. His hope was to stabilize the English language, giving it order and consistency. His work was not limited to defining and describing words. He was also widely known and influential as a moralist.
“The natural flights of the human mind are not from pleasure to pleasure, but from hope to hope.”
– Samuel Johnson