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Bates, Katharine Lee

Born: 1859 AD
Died: 1929 AD
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".