HE TAUGHT SOCIAL SCIENCES AT YALE, WHERE HE HELD THE NATIONS FIRST PROFESSORSHIP IN SOCIOLOGY, AND WAS A PROLIFIC AUTHOR OF BOOKS ON AMERICAN HISTORY, ECONOMIC HISTORY, POLITICAL THEORY, SOCIOLOGY, AND ANTHROPOLOGY. HE HAD A LONG-TERM INFLUENCE ON CONSERVATISM IN THE UNITED STATES. HE SPENT MOST OF HIS CAREER EXPOSING WHAT HE SAW AS FAULTS IN SOCIETY, AND AS A POLEMICIST, WRITING, TEACHING, AND SPEAKING AGAINST THESE FAULTS.
WILLIAM GRAHAM SUMNER (1840-1910) SIGNED CARD, “W. G. Sumner”, on a card 3.25 x 2.25, by the American sociologist and political economist who supported laissez-faire economics, free trade, and the gold standard and a foe of socialism. He was in favor of the forgotten man of the middle class. He was an ordained priest in the Episcopal Church but he left the ministry and returned to Yale (1872-1909) where he taught the first course in sociology in America. As a sociologist his major accomplishments were developing the concepts of diffusion, folkways, and ethnocentrism. And, he was a Social Darwinist who drew directly on evolutionary theory to explain society and dictate policy. Sumner’s works include around 300 items, including books and articles on economics, political science, and sociology. The card is in fine condition, with minor age toning.