Madison Grant

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Person.png Madison Grant  Rdf-entity.pngRdf-icon.png
(lawyer, zoologist, eugenicist)
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BornNovember 19, 1865
New York City
DiedMay 30, 1937 (Age 71)
New York City
Alma materColumbia University, Yale University
Interests • eugenics
• environmentalism
• Adolf Hitler
"Hitler's American guru"

Madison Grant was an American lawyer, best known for his work as a eugenicist and naturalist curator. As a eugenicist, Grant was the author of some of the best-known racialist (pseudo)scientific work, and he was instrumental in tightening legislative restrictions on immigration and sterilization policy in the United States.

Grant was a close friend of several U.S. presidents, including Theodore Roosevelt and Herbert Hoover, and also was an avid conservationist. As a curator, Grant is known to have saved many species of animals, founded many different environmental and philanthropic organizations, and greatly developed environmental and conservation science.

Adolf Hitler's Bible

He was the author of a 1916 book called The Passing of the Great Race, which spread the doctrine of race purity all over the globe.

Grant's ideas influenced Adolf Hitler and the emerging National Socialist movement. Hitler sent Madison Grant an enthusiastic fan letter in which he describes The Passing of the Great Race (published in German in 1925) as "his Bible".[1]

“A rigid system of selection through the elimination of those who are weak or unfit—in other words social failures—would solve the whole question in one hundred years, as well as enable us to get rid of the undesirables who crowd our jails, hospitals, and insane asylums. The individual himself can be nourished, educated and protected by the community during his lifetime, but the state through sterilization must see to it that his line stops with him, or else future generations will be cursed with an ever increasing load of misguided sentimentalism. This is a practical, merciful, and inevitable solution of the whole problem, and can be applied to an ever widening circle of social discards, beginning always with the criminal, the diseased, and the insane, and extending gradually to types which may be called weaklings rather than defectives, and perhaps ultimately to worthless race types.”
Madison Grant (1916)  [2]


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