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Research by Cadet Fredrick Walker, VMI Class of 2015

  • 1840 - The Kerlin Family moves to Northwest Missouri.
  • 1861-1865 - The Kerlin Family loses almost all of their wealth (except for their land) in the Civil War.
  • 1866 March 22 - Robert T. Kerlin is born in Harrison County, Missouri. His parents were Thomas Lindsay Kerlin and Nancy Jane Jeffries Kerlin
  • 1874 - Kerlin’s father dies from a fever. Robert T. Kerlin is 8 years old. Following his father’s death, Kerlin begins working on the family farm.
  • 1882 - The Kerlin Family moves to Albany, Massachusetts, where Robert attends high school. In the spring of this year, Kerlin begins his teaching career in a local public county school
  • 1884 - At 18 years old, Kerlin attends Central College with a regular course of academic studies. He earns the Alexander M. Dockery Scholarship for the highest grade point average in the college.
  • 1889-90 - Attends graduate school in English, History, and Philosophy at Johns Hopkins University.
  • 1890 - Receives his Master of Arts degree in English.
  • 1890-94 - Serves as the Chair of English at Missouri Valley College.
  • 1894-95 - Attends graduate school at Harvard University.
  • 1895-98 - Serves in the ministry of the Southern Methodist Church.
  • 1898 - From April through November,  serves as the Chaplain of the 3rd Missouri Volunteers during the Spanish-American War. Also, Kerlin’s correspondence with the Kansas City newspaper is published in book form as The Camp Life of the 3rd Regiment. Kerlin’s book Mainly for Myself is also published.
  • 1898-99 - Attends graduate school at Harvard University.
  • 1900-01 - Teaches at Missouri Valley College.
  • 1901 - Kerlin’s book The Church Fathers is published.
  • 1901-02 - Teaches at Southwestern University in Georgetown, Texas.
  • 1902-04 - Selected to participate in a commission that compiled a new hymn book for the Methodist Church
  • 1902-05 - Serves as the Chair of English at Missouri State Normal School in Warrensburg, Missouri.
  • 1905-06 - Attends graduate school at Yale University and receives his Doctor of Philosophy degree. He also serves as the Associate Editor of The Arena.
  • 1906-07 - Teaches English at Yale University.
  • 1907 - Marries Adeline K. Koster.
  • 1908-10 - Teaches at the Virginia State Normal School in Farmville, Virginia.
  • 1910 - Kerlin’s book Theocritus in English Literature is published. Kerlin also spends the summer in Europe as a lecturer of Literature, History, and Art on the staff of the Bureau of University Travel
  • 1910-21 - Serves as Chair of English Department at the Virginia Military Institute in Lexington, Virginia.
  • 1911-17 - Serves as a lecturer on English Literature at the University of Vermont summer school.
  • 1919 - Serves as an instructor for the American Expeditionary Force University in Beaune, France.
  • 1920 - Kerlin’s book The Voice of the Negro is published.
  • 1921 - Kerlin is fired from VMI
  • 1922-27 - Teaches at the State Normal School at West Chester, Pennsylvania.
  • 1923 - Kerlin’s book Negro Poets and Their Poems is published
  • 1925-27 - Serves as a lecturer of English Literature at the Pennsylvania Labor College.
  • 1927 - Serves as a lecturer at Lincoln University.
  • 1950 March 15 - Dr. Robert T. Kerlin dies at the age of 83