Choate, Rufus (10/01/1799-07/13/1859)

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  • Occupation: Attorney, politician
  • Committees/Roles: Resigned in dispute over funding for the Smithsonian Library and firing of Librarian Charles Coffin Jewett. Permanent Committees: Elected to the Committee on Organization on 09/09/1846; Committee on Libraries, 09/08/1846. Ad Hoc Committees: Elected to Committee to work with the Secretary in preparing a list of books to be purchased on 12/04/1846; Committee regarding the services of the assistant secretary on 12/23/1847; Committee to supervise the activities of the secretary on 12/27/1847.
  • Number of Terms: 2


  • Choate, Rufus, 1799-1859
  • Jewett, Charles C (Charles Coffin) 1816-1868
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Short Legal Citation

  • 9 Stat. 115 (1846), J. Res. No. 23
  • 10 Stat. 722 (1855), Res. No. 4


American National Biography. 24 volumes. Edited by John A. Garraty and Mark C. Carnes. New York: Oxford University Press, 1999; Dictionary of American Biography. Volumes 1-20. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1928-1936; The National Cyclopaedia of American Biography. Volume 6. New York: James T. White & Co., 1892. 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.

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Regent Tenure: 08/10/1846-01/13/1855


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