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Harrison Gray Platt

Harrison Gray Platt, American writer, editor.

Background

  • Platt, Harrison Gray was born on April 27, 1902 in Portland, Oregon, United States. Son of Harrison Gray and Nelly (Durham) Platt.

  • Education

    • Graduate, Punahou Academy, Honolulu, 1920. Bachelor, Reed College, 1925. Postgraduate, Yale University, 1926.

      Master of Arts, Harvard University, 1927. Postgraduate, Harvard University, 1930.

    Career

    • Faculty department language and literature Reed College, 1927-1928. Department English Brown University, 1930-1938. Editor Reilly & Lee Company, 1941-1943.

      Associate editor Bobbs Merrill Company, Inc., 1944-1954, editor general public department, 1954-1960. Technical editor C.L. Barnhart (Reference Books), 1960-1961, managing editor, 1961-1963. Chief dictionary editor for Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, New York City, 1963-1978, retired, 1978.

      Free-lancer writer, editor, from 1978.

    Works

    • Author: (with Porter G. Perrin) Current Expressions of Fact and Opinion, 1941. Other books and articles. Executive editor: Dictionary of Army Terms, 1944, World Book Encyclopedia Dictionary, 1963.

      Editor in chief: Harcourt Brace School Dictionary, 1968, HBJ School Dictionary, 1977, Harcourt Brace Intermediate Dictionary, 1968. Contributor: American College Dictionary, 1947.

    Politics

    Party affiliation: Democrat

    Religion

    Denomination: Episcopalian

    Connections

    • Married Rhoda Failing Burpee, August 19, 1925. Children: Harrison Gray III, William Brewster. Married Mary Alice Kaye, December 30, 1943.
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    Born April 27, 1902
    Died September 17, 1992
    (aged 90)
    • 1920
      Punahou Academy
    • 1925
      Reed College
    • 1926
      Yale University
    • 1927
      Harvard University
    • 1930
      Harvard University
    • 1927 - 1928
      Faculty department language and literature Reed College
    • 1930 - 1938
      department English Brown University
    • 1941 - 1943
      editor Reilly & Lee Company
    • 1944 - 1954
      associate, editor Bobbs Merrill Company
    • 1954 - 1960
      associate, editor Bobbs Merrill Company
    • 1960 - 1961
      technical editor C.L. Barnhart (Reference Books)
    • 1961 - 1963
      technical editor C.L. Barnhart (Reference Books)
    • 1963 - 1978
      chief dictionary editor for Harcourt Brace Jovanovich
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