Marsh, George Perkins (03/15/1801-07/23/1882)

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  • Occupation: Scholar, politician, diplomat
  • Committees/Roles: Ad Hoc Committees: Elected to the Committee to supervise the activities of the assistant secretary on 12/27/1847.
  • Number of Terms: 1


  • Marsh, George Perkins 1801-1882
  • Board of Regents
  • United States Congress
  • Representative
  • Smithsonian Institution Libraries (SIL)
  • Board of Regents Ad hoc committees
  • Assistant Secretary in charge of the Library
  • Whig Party (U.S.)


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Images of this Regent can be found in the following repositories: Phillips Academy; Dartmouth College; RU 95, Smithsonian Institution Archives

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Representative (Whig)




  • In 1849, the Smithsonian purchased a collection of prints and fine books on art from George Perkins Marsh. This was the first purchase made for the art department.
  • 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.; Biographical Directory of the American Congress, 1774-1971. The Continental Congress (September 5, 1774 to October 21, 1788) and the Congress of the United States (from the first through the ninety-first Congress March 4, 1789, to January 3, 1971, inclusive). Washington, DC: U.S. Government Printing Office, 1971; Dictionary of American Biography. Volumes 1-20. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1928-1936; 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: 12/22/1847-03/1849


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