Caroline Henry Is Born to Joseph and Harriet Henry




Date: August 18, 1839


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Caroline, Joseph and Harriet Henry's fourth child and third daughter, is born in Princeton, New Jersey. In 1846, the family would move to Washington, D.C., where Joseph Henry became the first Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution.


  • Henry, Joseph 1797-1878
  • Henry, Harriet A. 1808-1882
  • Henry, Caroline 1839-1920


Chronology of Smithsonian History


  • The image below is the of a young Caroline Henry. For additional images see Negative Numbers 46638-G and 2002-12181 in SIRIS ( for the History of Smithsonian catalog.
  • Reingold, Nathan, ed. The Papers of Joseph Henry, The Princeton Years, January 1838 - December 1840, vol. 4. Washington, D.C.: Smithsonian Institution Press, 1979, p. 249.

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August 18, 1839


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