Wesley N. Hohfeld was born on 8 August 1879 in Oakland, California. He received his BA from the University of California at Berkeley in 1901, winning the gold medal for highest possible grades. Hohfeld then went to Harvard, earning his LL.B. cum laude in 1904, where he assisted law professor John Chipman Gray. Returning to California, he was a professor of law at Stanford University from 1905 until he left in 1914 to join the faculty of Yale Law School. Hohfeld was later named Southmayd Professor of Law, the position that he held at Yale until his unexpected death on 21 October 1918 in New Haven, Connecticut.
From The Dictionary of Modern American Philosophers in Oxford Reference.