Livingstone was born on March 19, 1813, in Blantyre, Scotland.
After completing his medical course in 1840, Livingstone was ordained
and sent as a medical missionary to South Africa.
After sixteen years Livingstone made his first visit to England, in 1856 and from 1857-8, he lived in the house at Hadley where he finished his first book, "Missionary Travels."Livingstone was a national hero and he was honored by the Royal Geographical Society and was received by the men of science, the Queen and the royal family. He was also was given the freedom of the cities of London, Edinburgh, and Glasgow and honours of the Universities of Glasgow, and Oxford, and Cambridge.
But Livingstone missed Africa and on March 10, 1858, with his wife and their son Oswell, they sailed from England. At Cape Town Mrs. Livingstone became so ill that she had to remain behind while he was establishing sites for missions, preaching the Gospel, healing the sick, and contributing religious and scientific articles to periodicals in England.
In 1862 Mary died and Livingstone continued his expeditions, returning to England for the last time in 1864.
No European had ever explored North Africa and this would his next venture when he returned to Africa in 1866. Marching inland he reached Lake Nyasson and began journeying north toward Lake Tanganyika.
Months rolled by and then years without the outside world knowing where he was.
This is when a New York reporter, Henry Morton Stanley, accepted the challenge to "Find Livingstone."
On November 10, 1871, Stanley's caravan, loaded with supplies, reached Ujiji, Africa.
A thin, frail Livingstone stepped out to meet him as Stanley bowed, took off his hat, and spoke the now famous words,
"Dr. Livingstone, I presume."
Livingstone died on April 30, 1873, after a long illness.