Walter B. Pitkin was born on 6 February 1878 in Ypsilanti, Michigan. He was the son of Caleb Seymour Pitkin, a devout Presbyterian, prohibitionist, and apostle of women's suffrage, and Lucy T. Boughton. Following a brief part-time career as a newspaper writer for his father's paper and for the Detroit Evening News, Pitkin enrolled in the University of Michigan, where he studied with Robert M. Wenley and received the BA degree in 1900. In the same year he obtained an appointment at the Paris World Fair Commission, which enabled him to spend time at the Sorbonne. In 1903 he received a BD from the Startford Theological Seminary. Pitkin also studied at the Universities of Berlin and Munich.
From The Dictionary of Modern American Philosophers in Oxford Reference.