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Frederick Law Olmsted, 1822–1903.
Olmsted’s first, gentleman’s attempt at a career was running an experimental farm his father purchased for him. He took time off to tour farms and public gardens in England, which may have ... more » contributed to the failure of his own agricultural venture, but helped him launch a second career as a writer. Olmsted turned the trip into a travelogue, "Walks and Talks", which was published by George Putnam, with two printings within a couple of months. Putnam then hired Olmsted to be an editor at the new "Putnam’s Monthly Magazine". During the mid-1850s, Olmsted toured the South as a correspondent for northern newspapers and wrote about the slave-based economy. He was one of a group of abolitionists who founded "The Nation" — now the longest-running magazine in the United States. When the Billins stereotyped his first book, Olmsted was still years away from finding the vocation that would bring him his greatest fame. In 1857, he was hired as a public-works superintendent to clear what was to become Central Park. He collaborated with architect Calvert Vaux to submit the winning design for Central Park, and launched himself as a landscape architect. He went on to design city parks throughout the country, as well as the grounds for the United States Capitol, the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition, and scores of colleges and universities, including Yale, Cornell, and Stanford.