Joseph Henry Appointed to Government Hospital for the Insane's Board of Visitors




Date: July 4, 1863


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Smithsonian Secretary Joseph Henry is appointed to the Board of Visitors of the Government Hospital for the Insane, established in 1855 and later known as St. Elizabeth's Hospital. Henry attends his first board meeting on July 7 and remains a member of the board for the rest of his life. The Hospitals founder, Dorothea Dix, was a friend of the Henry family.


  • Henry, Joseph 1797-1878
  • Dix, Dorothea Lynde 1802-1887
  • Government Hospital for the Insane (U.S.)
  • Saint Elizabeths Hospital (Washington, D.C.)


Chronology of Smithsonian History


  • Hand-colored opalotype on white glass portrait photograph of Dorothea Dix (1802-1887), c. 1879. National Portrait Gallery, object number NPG.97.137.
  • Marc Rothenberg, et al, eds. The Papers of Joseph Henry, Vol. 10, January 1858-December 1865: The Smithsonian Years. Washington, D.C.: Science History Publications, 2004, p. 321.

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July 4, 1863


District of Columbia


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