William Graham Sumner

1840 - 1910

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William Graham Sumner (October 30, 1840 – April 12, 1910) was a classical liberal American social scientist. He taught social sciences at Yale, where he held the nation's first professorship in sociology. He was one of the most influential teachers at Yale or any other major school. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of William Graham Sumner has received more than 399,316 page views. His biography is available in 19 different languages on Wikipedia. William Graham Sumner is the 24th most popular political scientist (down from 23rd in 2019), the 4,649th most popular biography from United States (down from 4,456th in 2019) and the 9th most popular American Political Scientist.

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Among political scientists, William Graham Sumner ranks 24 out of 29Before him are Aleksandr Dugin, Muhammad Asad, Robert D. Putnam, Arend Lijphart, John Mearsheimer, and Leonard Hobhouse. After him are Robert Keohane, Olivier Roy, Norman Finkelstein, Graham Allison, and Ilan Pappé.

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Among people born in 1840, William Graham Sumner ranks 52Before him are George Smith, Titu Maiorescu, Alexander Kovalevsky, Dmitry Pisarev, Viktor Knorre, and Helena Modjeska. After him are Theodor Philipsen, Émile Duclaux, Chief Joseph, Thomas Nast, Francišak Bahuševič, and Franco Faccio. Among people deceased in 1910, William Graham Sumner ranks 63Before him are Hormuzd Rassam, Edouard Van Beneden, Kurd Lasswitz, Knut Ångström, Gustav Adolf von Götzen, and Laza Kostić. After him are Hans Jæger, Emmanuel Frémiet, Andrea Costa, Julia Ward Howe, Giovanni Passannante, and Fredrik von Otter.

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Among people born in United States, William Graham Sumner ranks 4,649 out of 15,968Before him are David Bushnell (1742), Robert Montgomery (1904), Shere Hite (1942), Todd Rundgren (1948), Joe Henderson (1937), and Gene Tunney (1897). After him are J. J. Johnson (1924), Rusty Schweickart (1935), Jorja Fox (1968), Tony Danza (1951), Paul Reubens (1952), and Sally Kirkland (1941).


Among political scientists born in United States, William Graham Sumner ranks 9Before him are Francis Fukuyama (1952), Robert A. Dahl (1915), Gene Sharp (1928), Joseph Nye (1937), Robert D. Putnam (1941), and John Mearsheimer (1947). After him are Robert Keohane (1941), Norman Finkelstein (1953), and Graham Allison (1940).