James H. Hyslop was born on 18 August 1854 in Xenia, Ohio. He earned the BA from the College of Wooster in 1877. Although he immediately went into teaching upon graduation, his growing dissatisfaction with the religious denomination of his youth, Associate Presybyterianism, led him to pursue philosophical studies in Europe. From 1882 to 1884, he studied with Wilhelm Wundt, the founder of experimental psychology, at the University of Leipzig. Upon returning to the United States in 1884, Hyslop briefly taught at Lake Forest College in Illinois and Smith College in Massachusetts, before winning a scholarship for graduate studies at Johns Hopkins University, where he received the PhD in philosophy in 1887.
From The Dictionary of Modern American Philosophers in Oxford Reference.