1820 – Born on June 14th in Plymouth, Massachusetts. American bookseller and editor best known for his Familiar Quotations.
1836 – Bartlett became an employee of the Harvard University bookstore, where he became so versed in book knowledge that the advice “Ask John Bartlett” became common on the Harvard campus.
1851 – Married to Hannah Stanfield Willard.
1855 – He owned a store and he published the first edition of his Familiar Quotations, based largely on the notebook that he kept for the benefit of his customers.
1863 – He joined the Little, Brown and Company, Boston.
1894 – Bartlett also wrote books on chess and angling and, after many years of labour, a Complete Concordance to Shakespeare’s Dramatic Works and Poems, a standard reference work that surpassed any of its predecessors in the number and fullness of its citations.
1905 – Died on December 3rd in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
1992 – The 16th edition appeared with quotes from 340 new people.