Theodor Seuss Geisel (Dr. Seuss) Marries Helen Palmer

Dr. Seuss was born Theodor Geisel in Springfield, Massachusetts, on March 2, 1904.

After graduating from Dartmouth College in 1925, he went to Oxford University, intending to acquire a doctorate in literature. At Oxford, Geisel met Helen Palmer, whom he wed in 1927.
Upon his return to America later that year, Geisel published cartoons and humorous articles for Judge, the leading humor magazine in America at that time. His cartoons also appeared in major magazines such as Life, Vanity Fair, and Liberty. Geisel gained national exposure when he won an advertising contract for an insecticide called Flit. He coined the phrase, “Quick, Henry, the Flit!” which became a popular expression.

After Dartmouth, he entered Lincoln College, Oxford, intending to earn a Doctor of Philosophy in literature. At Oxford, he met his future wife Helen Palmer; he married her in 1927, and returned to the United States without earning a degree.