Berret, James Gabriel (2/12/1815-4/14/1901)

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  • Occupation: Postmaster, commissioner of police
  • Number of Terms: 1


  • Berret, James Gabriel
  • Board of Regents
  • District of Columbia. Mayor


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  • In 1861, Berret refused to take the loyalty oath, was imprisoned for a month in New York, and resigned his position as mayor of Washington, D.C., thereby removing himself from the Board of Regents. (The Papers of Joseph Henry, Volume 10.)
  • Records of the Columbia Historical Society, Volume 6. Published by the Society, 1903. The Papers of Joseph Henry, The Smithsonian Years, January 1858 to December 1865, Volume 10, Washington, D.C.: The Smithsonian Institution and Science History Publications, 2003, introduction.

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