EASTON, Morton William. Hartford, Conn. 18.8.1841 — 21.8.1917. U.S. Linguist. Professor in Philadelphia. Son of Oliver Hastings E. and Emeline Maria Brace. Educated at Yale (A.B. 1863, Ph.D. 1872). From 1867 studied at M.D.Coll. of Columbia University (Med.dr. 1866), then further studies in Vienna, but returned to philology and took his degree in Sanskrit under Whitney 1872. From 1871 Professor of ancient Languages at Tennessee University, then Professor of comparative philology and modern languages, ibid., until 1881. From 1882 Professor of English and Comparative Philology at University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, 1912 emeritus. At least in the 1880s taught there Sanskrit, too. Married 1875 Maria Stille Burton, two sons and two daughters.
Publications: “On the Vedic Style”, PAOS 1873, lxix; “Assimilation in substitution and rotation”, AJPh 10, 1889, 198-207; Other works on linguistics.
– “The Divinities of the Gāthās”, JAOS 15, 1893, 189-206.
Sources: Who Was Who in Am. 1; briefly in JAOS 37, 1918, 168; short life sketch in UPenn English Dept. homepage.