George Perkins Marsh Dies

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Date: July 23, 1882

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Summary

George Perkins Marsh dies. Marsh was a strong supporter of the Smithsonian in its early years, arguing for a great national library as part of the Institution. He served on the Board of Regents from 1847 to 1849 as a Congressman from Vermont. He encouraged first Smithsonian Secretary Joseph Henry to hire his protégé, Spencer Fullerton Baird, as the first curator of the Smithsonian's National Museum. His art collection was purchased for the museum in 1849, the first art collection acquired for the museum.

Subject

  • Marsh, George Perkins 1801-1882
  • Regents Smithsonian Institution
  • Board of Regents
  • United States Congress House

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Chronology of Smithsonian History

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Who Was Who in America. A component volume of "Who's Who in American History." Historical Volume, 1607-1896. Revised Edition. Chicago: Marquis Who's Who, 1967.

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Institutional History Division, Smithsonian Institution Archives, 600 Maryland Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20024-2520, SIHistory@si.edu

Date

July 23, 1882

Topic

  • Smithson Bequest
  • Art
  • Collectors and collecting
  • Deaths

Place

Vermont

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