Meacham, James (8/16/1810-8/23/1856)

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  • Occupation: U.S. Representative, politician
  • Number of Terms: 3
  • Committees/Roles: A strong advocate of the Smithsonian Library, in 1854, Meacham submitted a dissenting report to the majority report of the Board of Regents in which they recommended that funding for the Smithsonian Library not be a specific proportion of the Institution's budget.


  • Meacham, James C
  • Board of Regents
  • United States Congress
  • Representative
  • Smithsonian Institution Libraries (SIL)
  • Opposition Party (U.S.)
  • Whig Party (U.S.)


Smithsonian Board of Regents

Regent type

Representative (Whig, Opposition)




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.

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Regent Tenure: 01/02/1852-08/22/1856


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