Bachelor of Arts, Harvard University, 1934.
Assistant, E.L. Bernays, New York City, 1934-1935;
aviation editor, Time Magazine, 1935-1936;
business and financial editor, Time Magazine, 1937-1939;
assistant general manager, Time Magazine, 1940;
business manager air express edit, Time Magazine, 1941;
promotion manager, Time-Life International, 1945;
editorial director, Pacific Coast news burs. Time, Inc., 1947;
editor public, Los Angeles Indiana, 1948-1949;
consultant, unites states department State, 1949;
promotion director, New York Herald Tribune, 1950;
assistant to president, chairman, Herald Tribune Forum and director New York Herald Tribune, Inc., 1951-1953;
vice president, treasurer, Thorndike, Jensen & Parton, Inc., 1953-1957;
founder, president, American Heritage Public Company, Inc., 1954-1970;
president, Encyclopedia British Ednl. Corporation, Chicago, 1970-1972;
chairman of the executive committee, Encyclopedia British Ednl.
Corporation, 1973; president, James Parton & Company. New York City, 1973-1981; president, Parton Enterprises, Inc., 1981-1984. Director planning study Custom House Institute, New York City, 1973.
Chairman National Advertising Review Board, 1974-1976. Assistant librarian for public education Library of Congress, 1976-1977. Chairman of the executive committee History Times, Inc., 1979-1981.
Chairman United States Army committee which produced official Eighth Air Force book Target-Germany, 1943.
Trustee Loomis Institute, since 1952, president, 1964-1966, chairman, 1967-1970. Trustee United States Air Force History Foundation, since 1955. Board visitors Air University, 1988-1991.
Commissioned Second lieutenant in United States Army Air Force, 1942. Advanced through grades to lieutenant colonel 1944.
Married Jane Audra Bourne, December 9, 1950 (deceased 1962). Children: James III, Dana (deceased), Sara. Married Ruth Dawkins, 1950.