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Harrison Gray Platt, American Writer, editors.


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


Graduate, Punahou Academy, Honolulu, 1920;Bachelor of Arts, Reed College, 1925;postgraduate, Yale University, 1925-1926;Master of Arts, Harvard University, 1927;postgraduate, Harvard University, 1928-1930.


Faculty department language and literature, Reed College, 1927-1928;department English, Brown U., 1930-1938;editor, Reilly & Lee Company, 1941-1943;associate editor, Bobbs Merrill Company, Inc., 1944-1954;editor general public department, Bobbs Merrill Company, Inc., 1954-1960;technical editor, C.L. Barnhart (Reference Books), 1960-1961;managing editor, C.L. Barnhart (Reference Books), 1961-1963;chief dictionary editor for, Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, New York City, 1963-1978;retired, Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1978;free-lancer writer, editor, since 1978.


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    • 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.


Married Rhoda Failing Burpee, August 19, 1925. Children: Harrison Gray III, William Brewster. Married Mary Alice Kaye, December 30, 1943.

Harrison Gray Platt

Nelly (Durham) Platt

Rhoda Failing Burpee

Mary Alice Kaye

Harrison Gray III Platt

William Brewster Platt