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 369,184 page views. His biography is available in 42 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 40 in 2019). Lewis H. Morgan is the 8th most popular anthropologist (down from 7th in 2019), the 557th most popular biography from United States (down from 485th in 2019) and the 3rd 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 8 out of 69Before him are James George Frazer, Edward Burnett Tylor, Margaret Mead, Franz Boas, Jane Goodall, and Clifford Geertz. After him are Ruth Benedict, Paul Broca, Gregory Bateson, Alfred Radcliffe-Brown, A. L. Kroeber, and Eugène Dubois.

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Among people born in 1818, Lewis H. Morgan ranks 11Before him are Alexander II of Russia, Emily Brontë, Charles Gounod, Christian IX of Denmark, Jacob Burckhardt, and Marius Petipa. After him are Adolf Anderssen, Rudolf von Jhering, Leconte de Lisle, Charles III, Prince of Monaco, Sophie of Württemberg, and August Wilhelm von Hofmann. Among people deceased in 1881, Lewis H. Morgan ranks 8Before him are Modest Mussorgsky, Alexander II of Russia, Billy the Kid, Benjamin Disraeli, James A. Garfield, and Thomas Carlyle. After him are Louis Auguste Blanqui, Matthias Jakob Schleiden, Jenny von Westphalen, Henri Vieuxtemps, Auguste Mariette, and Henri-Frédéric Amiel.

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Among people born in United States, Lewis H. Morgan ranks 557 out of 15,968Before him are Elinor Ostrom (1933), Eddie Murphy (1961), Henry Mancini (1924), Philip Glass (1937), Lon Chaney (1883), and Sean Penn (1960). After him are Goldie Hawn (1945), Richard Stallman (1953), Scott Joplin (1868), Glenn Close (1947), John Wayne Gacy (1942), and Martin Landau (1928).

Among ANTHROPOLOGISTS In United States

Among anthropologists born in United States, Lewis H. Morgan ranks 3Before him are Margaret Mead (1901) and Clifford Geertz (1926). After him are Ruth Benedict (1887), A. L. Kroeber (1876), Edward T. Hall (1914), Marvin Harris (1927), Leslie White (1900), Marshall Sahlins (1930), Henry Fairfield Osborn (1857), Ann Dunham (1942), and John Lloyd Stephens (1805).