William Churchill (ethnologist)
Newspaper drawing of Churchill, 1896.
October 5, 1859
Brooklyn, New York, U.S.
|Died||June 9, 1920
Washington, D.C., U.S.
|Occupation||Polynesian ethnologist and philologist
consul general to Samoa and Tonga
|Employer||Federal government of the United States
New York Sun
|Known for||A Princess of Fiji (1892)
The Polynesian Wanderings, Tracks of the Migration Deduced from an Examination of the Proto-Samoan Content of Efaté and other Languages of Melanesia (1910)
Beach-la-Mar, the Jargon or Trade Speech of the Western Pacific (1911)
Easter Island, Rapanui Speech and the Peopling of Southeast Polynesia (1912)
The Subanu, Studies of a Sub-Visayan Mountain Folk of Mindanao (1913)
|Spouse(s)||Llewella (Pierce) Churchill|
Sarah Jane (Starkweather) Churchill
Archaeological Institute of America
Association of American Geographers
Order of Leopold II
William Churchill, FRAI, AIA, AAG (October 5, 1859 – June 9, 1920) was an American Polynesian ethnologist and philologist, born in Brooklyn, New York, and educated at Yale, where he wrote for campus humor magazine The Yale Record. In 1896 he became consul general to Samoa. In 1897 his commission was extended, making him also Consul General to Tonga. In 1902 he began working for New York Sun, where he later became a member of the editorial staff. In 1915, he took a position as research associate in primitive philology at the Carnegie Institution in Washington, D.C.
Churchill was the author of:
- A Princess of Fiji (1892)
- The Polynesian Wanderings, Tracks of the Migration Deduced from an Examination of the Proto-Samoan Content of Efaté and other Languages of Melanesia (1910)
- Beach-la-Mar, the Jargon or Trade Speech of the Western Pacific (1911)
- Easter Island, Rapanui Speech and the Peopling of Southeast Polynesia (1912)
- The Subanu, Studies of a Sub-Visayan Mountain Folk of Mindanao (1913)
- "William Churchill". Obituary Record of Yale Graduates 1919–1920. New Haven: Yale University. August 1920. p. 1425.
- William Churchill (1892) A Princess of Fiji, Dodd, Mead and Company, New York (Google eBook)
- William Churchill (1911) The Polynesian Wanderings, Carnegie institution of Washington (Google eBook)
- William Churchill (1916) "Samoan Kava Custom", Holmes Anniversary Volume (Google eBook)
- William Churchill (1917) Club Types of Nuclear Polynesia, The Carnegie Institution of Washington (Google eBook)