1898 – Born on August 24th in Belsano, Pennsylvania.
1917 – Cowley left Harvard to drive munitions trucks for the American Field Service in France. While on the Western Front Cowley wrote articles about the First World War for The Pittsburgh Gazette.
1919 – Married to Margarite Frances Baird.
1920 – Graduated cum laude from Harvard University.
1929 – Cowley published Blue Juniata, his first book of poems. Later that year he replaced Edmund Wilson as literary editor of the New Republic.
1932 – Married to Muriel Maurer on June 18th.
1933 – Cowley published Exile’s Return. The book was largely ignored and sold only 800 copies in the first twelve months.
1935 – Cowley and other left-wing writers established the League of American Writers.
1940 – He was the vice president of the League of American Writers but resigned because he felt the organization was under the control of the American Communist Party.
1973 – He wrote "A Second Flowering: Works and Days of the Lost Generation".
1989 – Died on March 27th in New Milford, Connecticut.