while the Irish and Jewish element in New York may control politics and the wholesale and retail trade, they have not often risen to high positions [. . .] In the 4 leading American cities, New York, Chicago, Philadelphia and Boston, it is safe to say that, at the present time, those of English and Scotch ancestry are distinctly in possession of the leading positions at least from the standpoint of being widely known, and that, in proportion to their number, the Anglo-Saxons are from 3 to 10 times as likely as are the other races to achieve positions of national distinction. [. . .] The truth of the matter is that all the stocks that have come into America in recent years since 1830 have been very inferior to those already here in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries; [. . .]Woods' surname method seems to be a bit cruder than those later used by Ellsworth Huntington and Nathaniel Weyl. Irrespective of the accuracy of his conclusions, it can't be said that Woods was lacking in self-confidence or self-regard as an upper-middle to upper class, New England Puritan-descended "WASP". In "Historiometry as an exact science" (Science. 1911 Apr 14;33(850):568-574.), Woods, using techniques similar to those used by Charles Murray in Human Accomplishment, finds:
We have heard a great deal about the Melting-Pot, but no one as far as I know has brought forward any proof that there is a Melting-Pot in true biological sense, i. e., that there is any genuine mingling of blood sufficient to overcome the natural tendency that all species and varieties have to grow apart and become more dissimilar in course of time. If there had been a thorough mingling of the races in this country, there would have already been a decline in natural ability, but the tendency of like to mate with like, the natural tendency of the most successful to mate among themselves, works in the opposite direction. The real strength of a country is so dependent on the qualities of its leaders that it behooves patriots, sociologists and philosophers to take all these questions into account and consider more carefully the genesis and significance of that small fraction of one per cent, which represents the intellectual crust.
As concerns American history, one fact is very evident at the start, whatever be the method of grading as applied to Americans or whatever be the mental eminence graded, some states in the union, some sections of the country, have produced more eminence than others far beyond the expectation from their respective white populations. In this regard Massachusetts always leads, and Connecticut is always second, and certain southern states are always behind, and fail to render their expected quota. I have already pointed out that the ratios seem orderly for a first approximation. That is, the higher the grade of the individuals the greater and greater becomes the proportion of those born in Massachusetts.In "The Racial Limitation of Bolshevism" (Journal of Heredity, Vol. x, No. 4, April 1919, pp. 188-190), Woods argues that analysis of European history sustains the belief that "Nordic countries have been extremely free from periods of anarchy" and Anglo-Saxons are "by nature averse to Bolshevism". (Regretfully, Mencius Moldbug was not around to teach Woods to see past the facts.) Woods' other writings include Mental and moral heredity in royalty: a statistical study in history and psychology and The influence of monarchs: steps in a new science of history.