Biographical Chronology

1875born in Elmira, NY June 22
1894enters freshman class of Williams College
1898graduates from Williams College with a B.A. in Philosophy
1899receives M.A. from Harvard University in Philosophy
1900-02teaches at Elmira Free Academy
1902-03studies philosophy at the University of Berlin
1903-05continues studies at Harvard University, receives Ph.D. in 1905; hired as Instructor in Philosophy by Williams College
1906becomes Assistant Professor at Williams
1907The Pyschology of Religious Belief is published
1909What is Pragmatism? is published
1910Daniel Pratt dies; James Pratt meets Catherine Mariotti
1911James and Catherine are married in Italy
1913becomes Full Professor at Williams
1913-14sabbatical year in India and Europe
1915India and Its Faiths published
1916Democracy and Peace published; birth of first child, Edith Cornell Pratt
1917inherits Mark Hopkins Chair of Intellectual and Moral Philosophy; moves into new house on Lynde Lane
1918second child is born, David Mariotti Pratt
1920The Religious Consciousness published, co-authors Essays in Critical Realism
1922Matter and Spirit published
1923-24sabbatical year studying Buddhism in Japan, Korea and China, teaches at Peking's Chinese Christian University
1928The Pilgrimage of Buddhism published
1930awarded honorary Doctor of Laws degree by Amherst College
1931Adventures in Philosophy published
1931-32teaches at Santiniketan, India
1934-35serves as President of the American Theological Society
1935awarded honorary L.H.D. by Wesleyan University; serves as President of the American Philosophical Association, Eastern Division
1937Personal Realism published
1938travels in Guatemala
1939Naturalism published; thrombosis discovered in left leg
1940receives James C. Rogerson Medal at Williams Alumni Midwinter Reunion; delivers Ingersoll Lecture at Harvard University
1941Can We Keep the Faith? published
1943awarded honorary L.H.D. by Williams College; retires from teaching
1944dies January 15
1949Reason in the Art of Living published
1950Eternal Values of Religion published

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