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George Brown Goode, by Unknown, c. 1880s, Smithsonian Archives - History Div, 2002-12176.

December 2, 1887

Under provision of the law, Chancellor of the Smithsonian's Board of Regents, Chief Justice Morrison R. Waite, designates George Brown Goode as Acting Secretary of the Smithsonian during the absence of the Secretary Samuel P. Langley.More

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