Smithsonian Institution, Board of Regents, Minutes, 1849

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  • Present: Millard Fillmore, William W. Seaton, Jefferson Davis, James M. Mason, Henry W. Hilliard, Alexander Dallas Bache, and Joseph G. Totten. Also Present: Joseph Henry. The members not present were Roger B. Taney, George P. Marsh, Robert McClelland, Rufus Choate, Gideon Hawley, Richard Rush, and William C. Preston.
  • The board met in the office of the U.S. Vice-President in the Capitol. Mr. Seaton "was called to the chair" and announced the "object of the meeting to be to elect a Chancellor in place of Mr. Dallas," whose term had expired; Mr. Fillmore was unanimously elected. The board resolved that the chancellor and Secretary be requested to "communicate to Hon. George M. Dallas the high appreciation entertained by the Board of his services as a Regent," especially during the period of organization of the Institution, their thanks for the "manner in which he discharged his duties of the presiding officer" of the Institution, and their "respect for his character as a gentleman and scholar." The board also resolved that the secretary inform the President of the Senate there existed a vacancy in the board after the expiration of Mr. Pearce's term in the Senate. The board then adjourned.


  • Seaton, William Winston 1785-1866
  • Totten, Joseph Gilbert 1788-1864
  • Bache, A. D (Alexander Dallas) 1806-1867
  • Henry, Joseph 1797-1878
  • Hilliard, Henry W (Henry Washington) 1808-1892
  • Dallas, George Mifflin 1792-1864
  • Pearce, James Alfred
  • Mason, James Murray
  • Davis, Jefferson 1808-1889
  • Fillmore, Millard 1800-1874
  • Hawley, Gideon 1785-1870
  • Rush, Richard 1780-1859
  • Taney, Roger Brooke 1777-1864
  • Preston, William C. 1794-1860
  • Choate, Rufus, 1799-1859
  • McClelland, Robert
  • Marsh, George Perkins 1801-1882
  • Board of Regents
  • United States. Office of the Vice President
  • United States Congress Senate
  • United States Capitol (Washington, D.C.)
  • Chancellor of the Smithsonian Board of Regents
  • Regents Smithsonian Institution


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In this meeting, Mr. Fillmore was unanimously elected the second chancellor of the Board of Regents of the Smithsonian Institution.

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  • 1879
  • March 7, 1849


Board of Regents


  • Election of officers
  • Board of Regents

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Number of pages: 2; Page numbers: 54-55

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