Lewis H. Morgan

1818 - 1881

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Lewis Henry Morgan (November 21, 1818 – December 17, 1881) was a pioneering American anthropologist and social theorist who worked as a railroad lawyer. He is best known for his work on kinship and social structure, his theories of social evolution, and his ethnography of the Iroquois. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Lewis H. Morgan has received more than 467,552 page views. His biography is available in 46 different languages on Wikipedia. Lewis H. Morgan is the 6th most popular anthropologist (down from 5th in 2019), the 432nd most popular biography from United States (down from 328th in 2019) and the most popular American Anthropologist.

Lewis H. Morgan is most famous for his book Ancient Society. The book was published in 1877 and is a study of the development of human society from savagery to civilization.

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Among anthropologists, Lewis H. Morgan ranks 6 out of 93Before him are Claude Lévi-Strauss, Bronisław Malinowski, James George Frazer, Jane Goodall, and Edward Burnett Tylor. After him are Paul Broca, Margaret Mead, Franz Boas, Ruth Benedict, Gregory Bateson, and Clifford Geertz.

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Among people born in 1818, Lewis H. Morgan ranks 10Before him are Alexander II of Russia, Ignaz Semmelweis, Ivan Turgenev, Christian IX of Denmark, Charles Gounod, and Jacob Burckhardt. After him are Marius Petipa, Rudolf von Jhering, Adolf Anderssen, Sophie of Württemberg, Charles III, Prince of Monaco, and Leconte de Lisle. Among people deceased in 1881, Lewis H. Morgan ranks 7Before him are Fyodor Dostoevsky, Alexander II of Russia, Modest Mussorgsky, James A. Garfield, Benjamin Disraeli, and Billy the Kid. After him are Matthias Jakob Schleiden, Jenny von Westphalen, Louis Auguste Blanqui, Thomas Carlyle, Auguste Mariette, and Henri Vieuxtemps.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, Lewis H. Morgan ranks 432 out of 20,380Before him are George Clooney (1961), Ed Harris (1950), Shirley MacLaine (1934), Hugh Hefner (1926), Stephen Hillenburg (1961), and Millard Fillmore (1800). After him are Susan Sontag (1933), Howard Gardner (1943), The Notorious B.I.G. (1972), J. Paul Getty (1892), Richard Widmark (1914), and Jim Mattis (1950).

Among ANTHROPOLOGISTS In United States

Among anthropologists born in United States, Lewis H. Morgan ranks 1After him are Margaret Mead (1901), Ruth Benedict (1887), Clifford Geertz (1926), Edward T. Hall (1914), Marshall Sahlins (1930), A. L. Kroeber (1876), Ann Dunham (1942), Marvin Harris (1927), Henry Fairfield Osborn (1857), David Graeber (1961), and John Lloyd Stephens (1805).