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Bates, Katharine Lee

Born: 1859 AD
Died: 1929 AD, at 69 years of age.

Nationality: American
Categories: Poets


1859 - Katharine Lee Bates was born 12th of August in Falmouth, Massachusetts.


1880 - Graduated from Wellesley College.


1893 - The first draft of "America the Beautiful" was hastily jotted in a notebook.


         - Bates spent teaching English at Colorado College in Colorado Springs, Colorado.


1895 - Her poem first appeared in print in The Congregationalist, a weekly journal, for Independence Day.


1904 - Revised version of her poem was printed in the Boston Evening Transcript.


1847-1903 - The hymn has been sung to other music, but the familiar tune that Ray Charles delivered is by Samuel A. Ward.


1889 - Bates is credited with creating Mrs. Claus in the poem Goody Santa Claus on a Sleigh Ride from the collection; Sunshine and other Verses for Children.


1929 - Katharine Lee Bates died in Wellesley, Massachusetts on 26th of March.


1970 - She was inducted into the Songwriters' Hall of Fame.


Katharine Lee Bates is remembered as the author of the words to the anthem "America the Beautiful".





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