William M. Sloane Biography

William M. Sloane (1850–1928) taught history and chair the departments at Princeton and Columbia. After graduating from Columbia College, he became a personal secretary to second AHA president George Bancroft, conducting research for Bancroft’s History of the United States project. He subsequently received a PhD from the University of Leipzig in 1876. Sloane’s most notable publication was Napoleon Bonaparte (4 vols., 1895–97), a monumental work of biographical and historical literature for its time.


The French war and the Revolution; with maps. New York: Charles Scribner's sons, 1893; Reprint, with a new introduction and preface by George Athan Billias. Boston: Gregg Press, 1972.

Life of Napoleon Bonaparte, by William Milligan Sloane. 4 vols. New York: Century, 1896; Reprint, New York: AMS Press, 1969.

The French revolution and religious reform; an account of ecclesiastical legislation and its influence on affairs in France from 1789 to 1804. New York: C. Scribner's Sons, 1901.

The Balkans; a laboratory of history, by William M. Sloane. New York: Eaton & Mains; Cincinnati: Jennings & Graham, 1914.

Party government in the United States of America, by William Milligan Sloane. New York, London: Harper & Brothers, 1914.

The powers and aims of western democracy, by William Milligan Sloane. New York: C. Scribner, 1919.

Greater France in Africa, by William Milligan Sloane. New York, London: C. Scribner's Sons, 1924.