George Perkins Marsh Dies




Date: July 23, 1882


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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.


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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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