The famous poet who named Chicago, IL "Hog Butcher for the World" was Carl Sandburg. These words are part of Sandburg's most famous description of the city of Chicago.

Carl Sandburg was born on January 6, 1878 and named Carl August Sandburg. He became was a poet, biographer, writer, journalist and editor. He won three Pulitzer Prizes. Two were for his poetry and one was for his biography of Abraham Lincoln. During his lifetime, Sandburg was regarded by friends and critics as "a major figure in contemporary literature". He was especially known for his collected volumes of verse, including 'Chicago Poems' (1916), 'Cornhuskers' (1918), and 'Smoke and Steel' (1920). He enjoyed unrivaled appeal as a poet. From his works, it appeared that the breadth of his life experiences connected him with a great many strands of American.

At his death in 1967 at the age of 89 in Flat Rock, North Carolina, President Lyndon B. Johnson observed that "Carl Sandburg was more than the voice of America; he was more than a sagacious poet. He had rational strength and genius. He was America."

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