Seaton, William Winston (01/11/1785-06/16/1866)

Usage Conditions Apply
The Smithsonian Institution Archives welcomes personal and educational use of its collections unless otherwise noted. For commercial uses, please contact

Narrow Your Results


Filter Your Results

Smithsonian Secretaries Information

Close Browse records and papers of the Smithsonian Secretaries, from 1846 until today. Pre-set filters help narrow searches by individuals who have held that office.

Expeditions Information

Close Browse records and papers documenting scientific and collecting expeditions either affiliated with the Smithsonian, or with which Smithsonian researchers participated. Pre-set filters help narrow searches by geographic regions predominantly represented in expedition records.

Professional Societies Information

Close Browse records of professional societies closely associated with the Smithsonian, that focus on areas of scientific research and museum studies. Pre-set filters help narrow searches by major topics and disciplines.


  • Occupation: Journalist
  • Number of Terms: 1
  • Committees/Roles: Ex-officio as Mayor of the District of Columbia. Permanent Committees: Elected to the Executive Committee as chairman on 09/08/1846; Committee on Buildings on 09/09/1846; Committee on the Annual Report to Congress 12/01/1846. Ad Hoc Committees: Committee to ascertain from Mr. Harmon his plan of re-executing architectural drawings and their cost on 02/09/1850; Committee to report on finance and investments on 06/01/1980. Elected treasurer on 07/03/1850.


  • Seaton, William Winston 1785-1866
  • Harmon, Mr
  • Board of Regents
  • District of Columbia. Mayor
  • United States Congress
  • Board of Regents Committee on Buildings
  • Board of Regents Ad hoc committees
  • Smithsonian Year
  • Board of Regents Executive Committee
  • Smithsonian Institution Building Early History
  • Smithsonian Institution Office of the Treasurer


Smithsonian Board of Regents

Regent images can be seen at

Images of this Regent can be found in the following repositories: National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; Grand Lodge, Free and Associated Masons, District of Columbia; RU 95, Smithsonian Institution Archives

Regent type



District of Columbia


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 Cyclopedia of American Biography. Volume 2. New York: James T. White & Co., 1891. Reprint. Volumes 1-50. Ann Arbor, Mich.: University Microfilms, 1967-1971.

Contact information

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


Regent Tenure: 08/10/1846-06/1850


  • Design
  • Politicians
  • Architects
  • Architecture
  • Investments
  • Finance
  • Financial policies
  • Journalism
  • Board of Regents
  • Regents
  • Mayors
  • Board of Regents--Financial policies
  • Architectural design
  • Journalists


Washington (D.C.)


  • Board of Regents
  • Biographies

Full Record

View Full Record