Alexander Dallas Bache Dies




Date: February 17, 1867


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Alexander Dallas Bache, Superintendent of the U.S. Coast Survey and President of the National Academy of Sciences, dies after becoming incapacitated by a brain disorder more than two years earlier. Smithsonian Secretary Joseph Henry had held leadership roles in the nation's scientific community with Bache, a close friend and mentor. Henry worked to secure Bache's successor at the Coast Survey and reluctantly agreed to succeed Bache as president of the National Academy of Sciences.


  • Bache, A. D (Alexander Dallas) 1806-1867
  • Henry, Joseph 1797-1878
  • National Academy of Sciences (U.S.)
  • U.S. Coast and Geodetic Survey


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Rothenberg, Marc, et al, eds. The Papers of Joseph Henry, Volume 11, January 1866-December 1878: The Smithsonian Years. Washington, D.C.: Science History Publications, 2007, pp. xv, xix-xxi.

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February 17, 1867


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