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Smithsonian Institution, Board of Regents, Minutes, 1847

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  • Present: George M. Dallas, William W. Seaton, George Evans, Lewis Cass, Sidney Breese, Robert Dale Owen, William J. Hough, Henry W. Hilliard, Richard Rush, Alexander Dallas Bache. Also Present: Joseph Henry. The members not present were Roger B. Taney, Joseph G. Totten, Rufus Choate, Gideon Hawley, and William C. Preston.
  • The board resolved that learning of the death of Isaac S. Pennybacker members would wear "the customary badge of mourning for the period of thirty days" in honor of Mr. Pennybacker; that these resolutions would be entered in the journal and a copy sent to Mr. Pennybacker's widow. Mr Evans presented a letter from A. E. Belknap refuting charges related to the "professional character of Josiah Rogers" as an architect. The Chancellor presented a letter from the Secretary of the Senate "remonstrating against the use of materials prepared by State prison convicts" for the construction of the Institution's building and "transmitted" to him by order of the U.S. Senate. Mr. Owen presented a letter from Mrs. E.M. Gurley "soliciting the appointment" of her husband, the Rev. R.R. Gurley, as librarian. Mr. Haviland, Notman, and Arnot appeared before the board to explain their architectural plans. The board adjourned until the following day at 10:00 AM.


  • Cass, Lewis
  • Pennybacker, Isaac Samuels 1805-1847
  • Seaton, William Winston 1785-1866
  • Bache, A. D (Alexander Dallas) 1806-1867
  • Breese, Sidney 1800-1878
  • Dallas, George Mifflin 1792-1864
  • Hough, William Jervis 1795-1869
  • Henry, Joseph 1797-1878
  • Hilliard, Henry W (Henry Washington) 1808-1892
  • Owen, Robert Dale 1801-1877
  • Rush, Richard 1780-1859
  • Evans, George 1797-1867
  • Haviland, John 1792-1852
  • Notman, John 1810-1865
  • Arnot, D. H (David Henry)
  • Gurley, Ralph Randolph 1797-1872
  • Gurley, Eliza McLellan
  • Rogers, Isaiah 1800-1869
  • Belknap, A. E
  • Totten, Joseph Gilbert 1788-1864
  • Hawley, Gideon 1785-1870
  • Taney, Roger Brooke 1777-1864
  • Preston, William C. 1794-1860
  • Choate, Rufus, 1799-1859
  • Board of Regents
  • Smithsonian Institution Libraries (SIL)
  • Smithsonian Institution Building Early History
  • United States Congress Senate
  • Board of Regents Special Committee
  • Board of Regents Committee on Buildings
  • Journal of Proceedings of the Regents of the Smithsonian Institution, at the City of Washington, Beginning on the First Monday of September, 1846


Smithsonian Legal Documents

Legal document information

  • 1847/01/21 Regents Minutes
  • Board of Regents - Minutes of Meetings, 1846-


Correct spelling of Josiah Rogers is Isaiah Rogers.

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Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 1, Board of Regents Vol. 1 (Bound volume)

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


  • 1879
  • January 21, 1847


  • Design
  • Architects
  • Architecture
  • Convict labor
  • Regents
  • Death notices
  • Architectural design


Board of Regents

Physical description

Number of pages: 2; Page numbers: 22-23

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