James Bissett Pratt was born on June 22, 1875 in Elmira, N.Y. He graduated from Williams College in 1898 with a B.A. in philosophy. In 1899, after completing an M.A. in philosophy at Harvard University, Pratt taught at Elmira Free Academy. From 1902 to 1903, he studied philosophy at the University of Berlin then continued his studies at Harvard, receiving a Ph. D. in 1905. Soon after, Pratt was hired as an instructor in philosophy at Williams College. He became an Assistant Professor in 1906, and a full Professor in 1913. Pratt's travels included tours of Canada, Central America, East Asia, Europe, Indochina, the Middle East, and Scandinavia. He served in 1935 as President of the American Philosophical Association, Eastern Division, retired from teaching in 1943, and died a year later.
From the description of Papers, 1894-1981. (Williams College). WorldCat record id: 38884814