Joseph Henry heads survey party for New York State road survey

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Joseph Henry and eight other men spend four months traveling across southern New York charting compass directions, distances, and elevations of a proposed road. Henry would later use his report on this project, along with field notes from other surveys, to prepare an introduction to the Atlas of the State of New York (1829). The road would never be constructed. In 1846, Henry would become the first Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution.


Henry, Joseph 1797-1878


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Reingold, Nathan, ed. The Papers of Joseph Henry, The Albany Years, December 1797 - October 1832, vol. 1. Washington, D.C.: Smithsonian Institution Press, 1972, pp. 97-105.

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July-November 1825


  • Engineering
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  • Surveying
  • New York (State)


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