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William Graham Sumner

Overview page. Subjects: Arts and Humanities — Social Sciences.

(1840 –1910)

An American sociologist who was one of the most prominent turn-of-the-century advocates of social Darwinism and laissez-faire government in the United States. Sumner's...

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Sumner, William Graham (1840–1910)

Jeffrey K. Beemer.

in The Dictionary of Modern American Philosophers

January 2005; p ublished online January 2010 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: History of Western Philosophy. 1572 words.

William Graham Sumner was born on 30 October 1840 in Paterson, New Jersey. He grew up in Hartford, Connecticut, a