George Lansing Raymond was born on 3 September 1839 in Chicago, Illinois. His father, Benjamin Wright Raymond, had been one of the first mayors of Chicago, from 1839 to 1840 and again from 1842 to 1843. Raymond graduated with a BA from Williams College in 1862 and from Princeton Seminary with a BD in 1865. As a college student, Raymond showed promising talent as a poet; while a freshman he competed against the entire college to win the first prize in a verse contest. His interest in poetry led to a more general fascination with representation, form, and art theory, which became his main philosophical focus. From 1865 to 1868 he traveled throughout Europe, studying aesthetics at the University of Tübingen and studying rhetoric and oratory in Paris. Raymond taught rhetoric, oratory, and literature at Williams College from 1874 to 1880. In 1880 he became the first professor of oratory and aesthetic criticism at Princeton University, where he remained until 1905. From 1905 to 1912, he was professor of aesthetics at George Washington University in Washington, D.C. Raymond died on 11 July 1929 in Washington, D.C.
From The Dictionary of Modern American Philosophers in Oxford Reference.