William Graham Sumner

William Graham Sumner

Paterson, Passaic County, New Jersey, USA
Death 12 Apr 1910 (aged 69)
Englewood, Bergen County, New Jersey, USA
Burial Guilford, New Haven County, Connecticut, USA
Memorial ID 1006 · View Source
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Sociologist. William Graham Sumner, 1840-1910, was an important sociologist known for his classic work "Folkways: a study of the sociological importance of usages, manners, customs, mores and morals", which was published in 1906. Sumner was born October 30, 1840 in Paterson, New Jersey, and graduated from Yale University in 1863. He studied abroad in Geneva and Gottingen in the fields of history and divinity, and was ordained in the Episcopal Church in 1869. He served briefly as assistant rector of Calvary Church in New York City and then as rector of the Church of the Redeemer in Morristown, New Jersey, from 1870-1872. On April 17, 1871 he married Jeanne Whittemore Elliott, and they had two sons, Eliot, born in 1873, and Graham, born in 1877. From 1872 to 1909 he was professor of political and social science at Yale University, and in 1909 he became president of the American Sociological Society. Though he was known as an adherent of Herbert Spencer's social Darwinism, he was in his later years considered more of a Wilsonian Progressive, and he also opposed the Spanish-American War. On December 26, 1909, shortly before he was to address the American Sociological Society (as its president) at their meeting in New York City, he collapsed at the Murray Hill Hotel. He was taken to Englewood Hospital in Englewood, New Jersey, where he died April 12, 1910. He was buried in Guilford, Connecticut, in his wife's family plot, the Elliott Family Circle. The entire family group was later moved to the Alderbrook Cemetery in Guilford.

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