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Term: Ross, Edward Allsworth 1866 - 1951

Definition:

professor, sociologist, author, b. Virden, III. He graduated from Coe College, Cedar Rapids, Iowa (B.A., 1886), taught school in Fort Dodge, Iowa, studied at the Univ. of Berlin (1888-1889), and graduated from Johns Hopkins Univ. (Ph.D., 1891). He was professor of economics and political economy at Indiana Univ. (1891) and at Cornell Univ. (1892-1893). In 1893 he was appointed professor of sociology at Stanford Univ., holding this position until 1900, when his views on Chinese and Japanese immigration conflicted with those held by Mrs. Leland Stanford, founder of the university, and he was forced to resign at the close of the 1900-1901 academic year. This celebrated "academic freedom" case was picked up by the newspapers and periodicals, and brought Ross into national prominence. He was professor of sociology at the Univ. of Nebraska (1901-1906), and in 1906 was brought to the Univ. of Wisconsin by Richard T. Ely (q.v.) to head the newly formed department of sociology. Ross served in this capacity from 1906 until his retirement in 1937, and for many years was recognized as one of the nation's foremost sociologists. An active participant in many of the movements of his day, Ross was frequently involved in controversy at the Univ. of Wisconsin, one of the most celebrated incidents being his defense of anarchist Emma Goldman's right to speak at the university (1910). He was a lucid and forceful writer, and as a sociologist was given to specific, penetrating descriptions of social forces and problems rather than the development of sociological systems. Among his most important books were Social Control (1901), The Foundations of Society (1905), and Sin and Society (1907), the latter a book that was both influenced by, and had a significant influence on, the progressive, reforming, spirit of its day. Ross also traveled extensively and wrote several books based on his observations of social conditions in foreign countries. He was president of the American Sociology Society (1914-1915) and an advisory editor of the American Journal of Sociology (1915-1951). After retiring, he continued to make his home in Madison until his death. Who's Who in Amer., 25 (1948); E. A. Ross, 70 Years of It (New York, 1936); M. Curti and V. Carstensen, Univ. of Wis. (2 vols., Madison, 1949); Madison Wis. State Journal, July 23, 1951; E. A. Ross Papers.

The Wisconsin Historical Society has manuscripts related to this topic. See the catalog description of the Edward Alsworth Ross Papers for details. See also the Edward Alsworth Ross Letters.

View a related article at Wisconsin Magazine of History Archives.

View newspaper clippings at Wisconsin Local History and Biography Articles.

[Source: Dictionary of Wisconsin biography]

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Radcliffe, John Q. 1920
Radcliffe, Margaret Porter
Radisson, Pierre Esprit 1636 - 1710
Radosevich, Michele G. 1947
Radtke, Randall J. 1951
Rafn, Carl Christian, 1795-1864
Ragueneau, Fr. Paul, 1608-1680
Randall, Clifford Ellsworth 1876 - 1934
Randall, Gov. Alexander W. (1819-1872)
Rankin, Joseph 1833 - 1886
Rankin, Walter Laurie 1841 - 1910
Raskin, Ellen 1928 - 1984
Rasmusen, Holger B. 1894
Read, Sister Joel (Janice) 1926 -
Reaume, Charles 1752 - 1821
Reber, Louis Ehrhart 1858 - 1948
Red Bird, Ho-Chunk chief, 1788 - 1828
Reed, Curtis 1815 - 1895
Reed, George 1807 - 1883
Reed, Harrison 1813 - 1899
Reed, William W. 1825 - 1916
Reese, Oliver William, 1924 - 2005
Reformed Churches in Wisconsin
Reger, Fred C. 1916
Rehnquist, William H., 1924-2005
Reich, Frank Albert 1884 - 1946
Reid, Alexander James 1846 - 1910
Reilly, Michael Kieran 1869 - 1944
Reinsch, Paul Samuel 1869 - 1923
Reuss, Henry S. 1912-2002
Rexford, Eben Eugene 1848 - 1916
Reymert, James De Noon 1821 - 1896
Reynolds, Edwin 1831 - 1909
Reynolds, John W. 1921
Reynolds, Martin L. 1950
Reynolds, Tom 1956
Rhoades, Kitty 1951
Rhode, Paul Peter 1871 - 1945
Rice, Ora R. 1885
Rich, Martin 1835 - 1915
Richards, Harry Sanger 1868 - 1929
Richards, Jon 1963
Richardson, Robert Kimball 1876 - 1952
Riddles, Libby (born 1956)
Riehle, Ben A. 1897
Rigaud de Vaudreuil de Cavagnial, Pierre de, Marqu
Rigaud de Vaudreuil, Philippe de, Marquis de Vaudr
Riley, Antonio R. 1963
Rincker, Leroy Carl 1896 - 1953
Rindisbacher, Peter 1806 - 1834
Ringling [Rungeling], Albert 1852 - 1916
Risser, Fred 1927
Roberts, Virgil 1922
Robertson, Alan S. 1941
Robinson, Charles D. 1822 - 1886
Robinson, John H. 1955
Robinson, Robert P. 1884 - 1953
Robson, Judith Biros
Roessler, Carol A. 1948
Roethe, Henry Edgar 1866 - 1939
Rogers, William J. 1930
Roggensack, Patience Drake 1940
Rohan, Sue 1952
Rohl, Edwin C. 1908
Rohner, Henry 1919
Rolette, [Jean] Joseph 1781 - 1842
Rolle, Dale J. 1923
Rolle, Everett E. 1919
Romell, Louis C. 1899
Rooney, James F. 1935
Root, Eleazer 1802 - 1887
Rose, David Stuart 1856 - 1932
Roseleip, Gordon W. 1912
Rosenzweig, Peggy A. 1936
Roshell, Marvin J. 1932
Ross, Edward Allsworth 1866 - 1951
Ross, John Donald 1841 - 1917
Ross, William 1888 - 1951
Roth, Toby 1938
Rothwell, Angus B. 1905
Rountree, John Hawkins 1805 - 1890
Rubin, Ben 1887 - 1942
Rublee, Horace 1829 - 1896
Rude, Brian D. 1955
Rueping [Ruping], William ["Heinrich","Wilhelm"] 1
Ruger, Gen. Thomas H. (1833-1907)
Rusk, Gov. Jeremiah M. (1830-1893)
Russell, Harry Luman 1866 - 1954
Russians in Wisconsin
Rusy, Benjamin Franklin 1894 - 1953
Rutkowski, James A. 1942
Ryan, Edward George 1810 - 1880
Ryan, Mark W. 1924
Ryan, Paul 1970
Ryan, Samuel [Jr.] 1824 - 1907
Ryba, John Joseph 1929
Ryczek, Ervin John 1909

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