Smithsonian Institution, Board of Regents, Minutes, 1848

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  • Present: George M. Dallas, William W. Seaton, James A. Pearce, Jefferson Davis, Sidney Breese, George P. Marsh, Robert McClelland, Henry W. Hilliard, Alexander Dallas Bache, and Joseph G. Totten. Also Present: Joseph Henry. The members not present were Roger B. Taney, Rufus Choate, Gideon Hawley, Richard Rush, and William C. Preston.
  • The board met in the room of the U.S. Vice-President in the Capitol Building. Mr. Totten filled the seat of the chancellor as he had to leave to fulfill his duties in the Senate. The secretary stated that Mr. Choate and Mr. Hawley had been reappointed as members of the board and that he had sent them telegraphic messages regarding their reappointment. The board then adjourned to meet the following Monday at 11:00 AM.


  • Seaton, William Winston 1785-1866
  • Totten, Joseph Gilbert 1788-1864
  • Bache, A. D (Alexander Dallas) 1806-1867
  • Breese, Sidney 1800-1878
  • Dallas, George Mifflin 1792-1864
  • Hilliard, Henry W (Henry Washington) 1808-1892
  • Marsh, George Perkins 1801-1882
  • Pearce, James Alfred
  • Henry, Joseph 1797-1878
  • Choate, Rufus, 1799-1859
  • Hawley, Gideon 1785-1870
  • Davis, Jefferson 1808-1889
  • McClelland, Robert
  • Rush, Richard 1780-1859
  • Taney, Roger Brooke 1777-1864
  • Preston, William C. 1794-1860
  • Board of Regents
  • United States. Office of the Vice President
  • United States Congress Senate
  • United States Capitol (Washington, D.C.)
  • Regents Smithsonian Institution


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  • 1848/12/13 Regents Minutes
  • Board of Regents - Minutes of Meetings, 1846-

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

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  • 1879
  • December 13, 1848


Board of Regents


  • Election of officers
  • Board of Regents

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Number of pages: 2; Page numbers: 49-50

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