William Churchill (ethnologist)

William Churchill, F.R.A.I. (1859-1920) was an American Polynesian ethnologist and philologist, born in Brooklyn, N. Y., and educated at Yale. In 1896 he became Consul General to Samoa. In 1897 his commission was extended, making him also Consul General to Tonga. Later he became a member of the editorial staff of the New York Sun.

He was 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)

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