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Joseph Henry Portrait, by Unknown, c. 1840s, Smithsonian Archives - History Div, SIA2011-1451 or SA-12.

December 21, 1846

Joseph Henry, physicist from Princeton University, enters upon his duties of office as the first Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution.  He meets with the Board of Regents to plan the programs of the new Institution.More

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