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, Rufus Choate. Also Present: Joseph Henry. The members not present were Roger B. Taney, Joseph G. Totten, Gideon Hawley, and William C. Preston.
  • Mr. Mills appeared before the board and explained his architectural plans for a building. The chancellor presented a letter from Thomas L. Smith, late register of the Treasury, requesting the position of treasurer and recorder of the Institution. Mr. Rush presented a letter from James Buchanan recommending Mr. Robert W. Burrows for employment by the Institution, after which Mr. Rush added his own recommendation of Mr. Burrows. The board proceeded to consideration of the first resolution introduced by the chancellor on January 20th on behalf of the Committee on Buildings regarding the selection of a plan for the Institution's building. Mr. Dallas, Mr. Cass, and Mr. Breese then read "propositions of amendment which they intend to offer at a proper time." After debate, the board adjourned until the following Monday at 10:00 AM.


  • Cass, Lewis
  • 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
  • Hilliard, Henry W (Henry Washington) 1808-1892
  • Owen, Robert Dale 1801-1877
  • Rush, Richard 1780-1859
  • Evans, George 1797-1867
  • Buchanan, James
  • Renwick, James 1818-1895
  • Smith, Thomas L. 1787 or 8-1871
  • Burrows, Robert W
  • Mills, Robert 1781-1855
  • Choate, Rufus, 1799-1859
  • Henry, Joseph 1797-1878
  • Totten, Joseph Gilbert 1788-1864
  • Hawley, Gideon 1785-1870
  • Taney, Roger Brooke 1777-1864
  • Preston, William C. 1794-1860
  • Board of Regents
  • Smithsonian Institution Building Early History
  • Board of Regents Committee on Buildings


Smithsonian Legal Documents

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  • 1847/01/23 Regents Minutes
  • Board of Regents - Minutes of Meetings, 1846-

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  • 1879
  • January 23, 1847


  • Design
  • Architects
  • Architecture
  • Regents
  • Architectural design


Board of Regents

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Number of pages: 2; Page numbers: 23-24

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