Smithsonian Institution, Board of Regents, Minutes, 1852

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  • Present: John W. Maury, James A. Pearce, James M. Mason, William F. Colcock, Joseph G. Totten. Also Present: Joseph Henry, William W. Seaton, and Walter Lenox. Members not present were Roger B. Taney, James Meacham, Graham N. Fitch, Alexander Dallas Bache, Rufus Choate, Gideon Hawley, Richard Rush, and William C. Preston.
  • In the absence of the Chancellor, Mr. Pearce took the chair. The proposition to pay Mr. Cameron was discussed and a resolution for the Building Committee to pay him was adopted. The resolution on the accounts of Mr. Renwick was modified by General Totten to state Mr. Renwick will be paid as soon as he presents a certificate of the completion of the building and was adopted. The Secretary stated the expiration of Mr. Lenox's service left a vacancy on the Building Committee. The Chair nominated Mr. Maury to fill the vacancy which was confirmed on motion. Several resolutions on the death of Andrew J. Downing, Superintendent of the Grounds, and honoring his service and memory, were adopted. The Board then adjourned sine die.


  • Colcock, William Ferguson
  • Fitch, Graham Newell
  • Mason, James Murray
  • Totten, Joseph Gilbert 1788-1864
  • Lenox, Walter 1817-1874
  • Hawley, Gideon 1785-1870
  • Pearce, James Alfred
  • Maury, John Walker
  • Bache, A. D (Alexander Dallas) 1806-1867
  • Downing, A. J (Andrew Jackson) 1815-1852
  • Henry, Joseph 1797-1878
  • Renwick, James 1818-1895
  • Rush, Richard 1780-1859
  • Taney, Roger Brooke 1777-1864
  • Preston, William C. 1794-1860
  • Choate, Rufus, 1799-1859
  • Meacham, James C
  • Cameron, Gilbert
  • Regents Smithsonian Institution
  • Board of Regents Committee on Buildings
  • Smithsonian Institution Building (Washington, D.C.)
  • Board of Regents


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  • 1852/08/09 Regents Minutes
  • Board of Regents - Minutes of Meetings, 1846-

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  • 1879
  • August 9, 1852


  • Financial policies
  • Construction (Buildings)
  • Board of Regents
  • Board of Regents--Financial policies


Board of Regents

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