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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)

in The Oxford Encyclopedia of American Cultural and Intellectual History

January 2013; p ublished online January 2013 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Social and Cultural History. 336 words.

Sumner was born in Paterson, New Jersey, and grew up in New Haven, Connecticut. He much admired his English-immigrant father,