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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 G. (1840–1910)

in The Oxford Encyclopedia of American Business, Labor, and Economic History

January 2013; p ublished online January 2013 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Economic History. 363 words.

An Episcopal clergyman, William Graham Sumner became an apostle of the free market who, for more than thirty years, occupied