White Anglo-Saxon Protestant

social group in the United States

White Anglo-Saxon Protestant (acronym: WASP) is a term describing White Anglo-Saxon Protestants. They are a social group of white protestants in the United States. They are often of British descent, and typically wealthy and well-connected.[source?]

Trinity Church in Manhattan has been seen as embodying the White Anglo-Saxon Protestant culture in the United States.[1]

They are not so influential as they were.[2] However, WASPs are still well placed in major financial, business and legal firms, and in universities. Most U.S. presidents belong to this group. Exceptions include John F. Kennedy (who was a Catholic), Barack Obama (African American), and Joe Biden (also a Catholic).[source?]



  1. W. Williamls, Peter (2010). Encyclopedia of Religion in America. University of Philadelphia University Press. p. 744. ISBN 9780252009327.
  2. Kaufmann, Eric P. 2004. The decline of the WASP in the United States and Canada. In Kaufmann E.P. (ed) Rethinking ethnicity: majority groups and dominant minorities. London, New York: Routledge. pp. 61–83. ISBN 0-41-531542-5