William Graham Sumner

1840 - 1910

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William Graham Sumner (October 30, 1840 – April 12, 1910) was an American clergyman, social scientist, and neoclassical liberal. He taught social sciences at Yale University, where he held the nation's first professorship in sociology and became one of the most influential teachers at any other major school. Sumner wrote extensively on the social sciences, penning numerous books and essays on ethics, American history, economic history, political theory, sociology, and anthropology. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of William Graham Sumner has received more than 512,967 page views. His biography is available in 24 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 21 in 2019). William Graham Sumner is the 24th most popular political scientist (down from 23rd in 2019), the 3,740th most popular biography from United States (up from 4,521st in 2019) and the 10th most popular American Political Scientist.

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Among political scientists, William Graham Sumner ranks 24 out of 46Before him are Muhammad Asad, Anton Friedrich Justus Thibaut, Ilan Pappé, Arend Lijphart, Norman Finkelstein, and Robert D. Putnam. After him are Hayranidil Kadın, Carl Joachim Friedrich, Karl Deutsch, Leonard Hobhouse, Rahime Perestu Sultan, and Marfa Boretskaya.

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Among people born in 1840, William Graham Sumner ranks 47Before him are Akaki Tsereteli, Thomas Nast, Edmond Audran, Gall, Édouard André, and Gabriel von Max. After him are Dmitry Pisarev, Friedrich Kohlrausch, Abraham Goldfaden, Titu Maiorescu, Helena Modjeska, and Francišak Bahuševič. Among people deceased in 1910, William Graham Sumner ranks 56Before him are Hugo Erdmann, Winslow Homer, Michele Rua, Princess Marie of the Netherlands, Hormuzd Rassam, and Emmanuel Frémiet. After him are Paolo Mantegazza, Friedrich Kohlrausch, Constantin Fahlberg, Jorge Chávez, Luo Yixiu, and Kálmán Mikszáth.

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Among people born in United States, William Graham Sumner ranks 3,740 out of 20,380Before him are Budd Boetticher (1916), Roy E. Disney (1930), James Rollins (1961), Elizabeth Banks (1974), William Baumol (1922), and Philip Showalter Hench (1896). After him are Peggy Lipton (1946), Tuesday Weld (1943), William Baldwin (1963), Theodore Roosevelt Jr. (1887), Logan Paul (1995), and Red Auerbach (1917).


Among political scientists born in United States, William Graham Sumner ranks 10Before him are Gene Sharp (1928), Robert A. Dahl (1915), Joseph Nye (1937), John Mearsheimer (1947), Norman Finkelstein (1953), and Robert D. Putnam (1941). After him are Robert Keohane (1941), Graham Allison (1940), Sidney Verba (1932), Cass Sunstein (1954), James Flynn (1934), and Charles Murray (1943).