Timeline

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1859

Katherine Lee Bates is born in Falmouth, MA on August 12, 1859


1874

Graduates from Wellesley High School


1880

Graduates from Wellesley College with a Bachelor of Arts degree


1881

Bates begins a four decade career teaching at Wellesley College as a professor of English Literature.


1893

During a summer lecture series at Colorado College in Colorado Springs, Bates writes the lyrics to "America the Beautiful"


1895

July 4 - Lyrics to "America the Beautiful" appears in The Congregationalist for the first time.


1904

Bates rewrites the lyrics to America the Beautiful to make the "phraseology more simple and direct" for composers to set the lyrics to music.


1904

November 19 - The New and final version of lyrics to "America the Beautiful" are published in The Boston Evening Transcript adding "beautiful" in the third stanza


1915

Founds the New England Poetry Club and served as its first president


1925

Retires from Wellesley


1929

March 28 - Katherine Lee Bates dies


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