Astor, William Backhouse (09/19/1792-11/24/1875)

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  • Occupation: Capitalist
  • Number of Terms: 2


  • Astor, William Backhouse
  • Board of Regents
  • Citizen Regent


Smithsonian Board of Regents

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Images of this Regent can be found in the following repositories: National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; Aldrich Collection-Rokeby; Hiers of Christopher T. Emmet; New York Public Library; RU 95, Smithsonian Institution Archives

Regent type



New York

Short Legal Citation

  • 12 Stat. 251 (1861), Res. No. 12
  • 15 Stat. 246 (1868), Res. No. 5


Appleton's Cyclopaedia of American Biography. Six volumes. Edited by James Grant Wilson and John Fiske. New York: D. Appleton & Co., 1888-1889. Reprint. Detroit: Gale Research, 1968; Dictionary of American Biography. Volumes 1-20. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1928-1936; The National Cyclopaedia of American Biography. Volume 8. New York: James T. White & Co., 1898. Reprint. Volumes 1-50. Ann Arbor, Mich.: University Microfilms, 1967-1971; Who Was Who in America. A component volume of "Who's Who in American History." Historical Volume, 1607-1896. Revised Edition. Chicago: Marquis Who's Who, 1967.

Contact information

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


Regent Tenure: 03/02/1861-01/10/1874


  • Capitalists and financiers
  • Regents
  • New York


New York



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