Joseph Henry Resigns from College of New Jersey

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Joseph Henry resigns from his position as Professor of Natural Philosophy at The College of New Jersey, now known as Princeton University. Although he had initially submitted his resignation in December 1846, after being appointed the first Secretary of the Smithsonian, Princeton's trustees had accepted his offer to continue teaching his senior course in natural philosophy during the 1847-48 academic year.


  • Henry, Joseph 1797-1878
  • College of New Jersey (Princeton, N.J.)
  • Princeton University


Chronology of Smithsonian History


Rothenberg, Marc, et al, eds., The Papers of Joseph Henry: The Smithsonian Years, January 1847-December 1849, Volume 7, Washington, D.C.: Smithsonian Institution Press, 1996, pp. 344-45.

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June 27, 1848


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