The New Palgrave Dictionary of Economics

2018 Edition
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Sumner, William Graham (1840–1910)

  • Warren J. Samuels
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Sumner was born on 30 October 1840 in Paterson, New Jersey and died 12 April 1910 in Englewood, New Jersey. After graduating from Yale in 1863, he studied in Geneva, Gottingen and Oxford. Ordained an Episcopal clergyman in 1869, he engaged in a church career until 1872, when he was appointed by Yale University to a chair as professor of political and social science, having had a tutorship there in 1866. He was the second president of the American Sociological Association, 1909–10.

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