Joseph Henry and Lighthouse Board Activities on Staten Island

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Joseph Henry served on the United States Light House Board from 1852 until his death in 1878. This article is about the board's activities at the Staten Island Light House Depot, where Henry experimented with alternatives to sperm oil for lighting lamps.


  • Henry, Joseph 1797-1878
  • United States Light House Board


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The Staten Island Historian 28 (Journal)

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




  • Signals and signaling
  • Science
  • Lighthouses
  • Experiments
  • Science--Experiments


  • Staten Island (New York, N.Y.)
  • New York

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Number of pages : 3; Page numbers : 3-5

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