Born: September 18, 1709
Died: December 13, 1784
Occupation: Author, essayist, lexicographer, biographer, poet
Biography: Samuel Johnson, often referred to as Dr Johnson, was an English author who made lasting contributions to English literature as a poet, essayist, moralist, literary critic, biographer, editor and lexicographer. Johnson was a devout Anglican and committed Tory, and has been described as arguably the most distinguished man of letters in English history.