Lewis Morgan

Lewis Henry Morgan (1818 - 1881)

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Lewis Henry Morgan
Born in Aurora, Cayuga, New York, USAmap
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Died in Rochester, Monroe, New York, USAmap
Profile last modified | Created 6 Nov 2015
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  • Pioneering anthropologist and social theorist. His correspondence included prominent people such as Charles Darwin, John Wesley Powell and Karl Marx.
  • Morgan is credited with the appointment of Ely Parker (Seneca) as the Commissioner of Indian Affairs, a job never before held by a Native American person.
  • Morgan's most widely known work is "The League of the Iroquois", which is dedicated to Parker
  • He is credited with "discovering" matrilineal descent from correspondence with missionaries working around the world
  • Frederick Engels' "Origin of the Family State & Private Property", written after Marx's death, draws heavily upon Morgan's work
  • Morgan was a member of the National Academy of Sciences, and served as the president of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) in 1879
  • Morgan's day job was as a railroad lawyer
  • Morgan's archives are housed at the University of Rochester (NY), to which university he left much of his estate, to be used for the education of young women (at a time when that was controversial)


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