| Watson's mother
died shortly after his graduation from Furman, freeing him to pursue philosophy
rather than the ministry. He arrived at the University of Chicago
in 1900 with $50 in his pocket. He worked as a janitor, waiter, and
rat caretaker to earn money.
At Chicago, Watson
took philosophy courses with John Dewey but claimed he didn't understand
the man. He pursued a PhD in experimental psychology under James
Rowland Angell instead.
In 1904, Watson married a former student, Mary Ickes. They had two children, Mary and John. The photo to the right is of Mary Ickes.