Totten, Joseph Gilbert (08/23/1788-04/22/1864)

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  • Occupation: Soldier, engineer, scientist
  • Number of Terms: 3
  • Committees/Roles: Permanent Committees: Elected to the Executive Committee on 09/08/1846; Committee on Buildings on 09/09/1846; Committee on the Annual Report to Congress on 12/01/1846. Ad Hoc Committees: Committee to report on the accident that occurred in the Smithsonian Institution building on 03/02/1850. Request to leave the Executive Committee granted 12/13/1847. Resigned from Building Committee 02/09/1850. Elected again to the Executive Committee on 07/05/1850 to replace William W. Seaton.


  • Totten, Joseph Gilbert 1788-1864
  • Seaton, William Winston 1785-1866
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  • 9 Stat. 115 (1846), J. Res. No. 23
  • 11 Stat. 253 (1857), Res. No. 6


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; 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: 08/10/1846-04/22/1864


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