Alexander Graham Bell Is Appointed Smithsonian Regent

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Alexander Graham Bell (1847-1922), inventor of the telephone, is appointed to the Board of Regents of the Smithsonian Institution as a Citizen from the District of Columbia. Bell had been influenced in his research by the Smithsonian's first Secretary, Joseph Henry, especially his work on electromagnetic induction. Bell served four terms until shortly before his death in 1922.


  • Bell, Alexander Graham 1847-1922
  • Henry, Joseph 1797-1878
  • Board of Regents


Chronology of Smithsonian History


  • In 1904 Bell traveled to Genoa, Italy, to bring James Smithson's remains to the Smithsonian, the Institution he founded through his bequest.
  • United States Statutes at Large, Volume 733, Washington, D.C.: United States Government Printing Office, 1899.

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Institutional History Division, Smithsonian Institution Archives, 600 Maryland Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20024-2520,


January 24, 1898


  • Inventors
  • Electromagnets
  • Regents
  • Electromagnetic Induction

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