Bache, Alexander Dallas (07/19/1806-02/17/1867)

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  • Occupation: Scientist, educator
  • Committees/Roles: Permanent Committees: Elected to Committee on Organization of the Executive Committee on 09/08/1846; Executive Committee on 12/03/1847 to replace Joseph G. Totten. Ad Hoc Committees: Committee regarding the services of the assistant secretary on 12/23/1847; Committee to supervise the activities of the assistant secretary on 12/27/1847; Committee to report on the accident that occurred in the Smithsonian Institution building on 03/02/1850.
  • Number of Terms: 4


  • Bache, A. D (Alexander Dallas) 1806-1867
  • Totten, Joseph Gilbert 1788-1864
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Short Legal Citation

  • 9 Stat. 115 (1846), J. Res. No. 23
  • 10 Stat. 261 (1853), Res. No. 6
  • 11 Stat. 440 (1859), Res. No. 1


American National Biography. 24 volumes. Edited by John A. Garraty and Mark C. Carnes. New York: Oxford University Press, 1999; Biographical Dictionary of American Science. The seventeenth through the nineteenth centuries. By Clark A. Elliott. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1979; Dictionary of American Biography. Volumes 1-20. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1928-1936; Dictionary of Scientific Biography. Volumes I-XIV. Edited by Charles Coulston Gillispie. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1970-1976; 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.

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Regent Tenure: 08/10/1846-02/17/1867


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