Walter Marshall Horton was born on 7 April 1895 in Somerville, Massachusetts. He received the BA summa cum laude from Harvard in 1917 and pursued further studies at Union Theological Seminary in New York, the Sorbonne in Paris, and the universities at Marburg and Strasbourg. His PhD in philosophy was awarded by Columbia University in 1926. After a brief teaching assignment at Union Theological Seminary in New York, he went to Oberlin College in 1925 where he was appointed Fairchild Professor of Systematic Theology. He received a Fulbright Grant to study and lecture at Strasbourg during 1952–3 and was awarded an honorary doctorate. He was later invited to teach during 1962–3 at United Theological College in Bangalore, South India, and in the following year at Chicago Theological Seminary. Though he traveled extensively and lectured worldwide, Oberlin would remain his home for the rest of his life. Horton died on 22 April 1966 in Oberlin, Ohio.
From The Dictionary of Modern American Philosophers in Oxford Reference.