Frederick J. E. Woodbridge was born on 26 March 1867 in Windsor, Ontario, Canada. His father, an attorney originally from England, was a significant early intellectual influence, grounding Woodbridge’s thinking in the British common-sense realist tradition. In 1869 the family moved to Kalamazoo, Michigan, where Woodbridge grew up and went to school. He attended Amherst College and studied philosophy and religion under Charles Edward Garman. Upon graduating from Amherst with his BA in 1889, Woodbridge enrolled at Union Theological Seminary to continue his studies. In 1892 he left Union on a traveling fellowship and went to Germany for graduate studies on philosophy at the University of Berlin. There, exposure to Hermann Ebbinghaus's lectures on the history of philosophy and the opportunity for detailed study of Friedrich Trendelenburg's work on Aristotle greatly influenced Woodbridge’s views. This historical scholarship supplied the basis for his mature philosophical realism and naturalism.
From The Dictionary of Modern American Philosophers in Oxford Reference.