Smithsonian Institution, Board of Regents, Minutes, 1853

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  • Present: John W. Maury, James M. Mason, Robert M. Charlton, James Meacham, Richard Rush, and Joseph G. Totten. Also Present: Joseph Henry, William W. Seaton. Members not present were Roger B. Taney, James A. Pearce, William F. Colcock, Graham N. Fitch, Alexander Dallas Bache, Rufus Choate, and Gideon Hawley.
  • In the absence of the Chancellor, Mr. Rush was called to the chair. The Secretary informed the Board that there were two vacancies in the list of Regents, and that the Senate had passed a resolution to fill these, which was now before the House of Representatives for cooncurrence. Also that there was a vacancy in the Executive Committee, which prevents the drawing of the semi-annual interest from the treasury and the settlement of the accounts of the past year. On the motion of Mr. Mason it was resolved that the vacancy be filled by the chair. Whereupon, Mr. Mason was appointed. The Secretary informed the Board that the accounts and reports relative to the operations of the last year would be ready for presentation at the next meeting. Whereupon, the Board adjourned to Saturday, the 15th instant, at 10 o'clock am.


  • Charlton, Robert Milledge
  • Colcock, William Ferguson
  • Fitch, Graham Newell
  • Mason, James Murray
  • Totten, Joseph Gilbert 1788-1864
  • Hawley, Gideon 1785-1870
  • Pearce, James Alfred
  • Maury, John Walker
  • Bache, A. D (Alexander Dallas) 1806-1867
  • Henry, Joseph 1797-1878
  • Rush, Richard 1780-1859
  • Taney, Roger Brooke 1777-1864
  • Choate, Rufus, 1799-1859
  • Meacham, James C
  • Seaton, William Winston 1785-1866
  • Regents Smithsonian Institution
  • Board of Regents
  • Board of Regents Executive Committee


Smithsonian Legal Documents

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  • 1853/01/05 Regents Minutes
  • Board of Regents - Minutes of Meetings, 1846-

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Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 1, Board of Regents Vol. 1 (Bound volume)

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  • 1879
  • January 5, 1853


  • Financial policies
  • Board of Regents
  • Board of Regents--Financial policies


  • Election of officers
  • Board of Regents

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Number of pages: 2; Page numbers: 425-426

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