Smithsonian Institution, Board of Regents, Minutes, 1856

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  • Present: James A. Pearce, James M. Mason, William H. English, Hiram Warner, Joseph G. Totten. Also Present: Joseph Henry and William W. Seaton. Members not present are Roger B. Taney, John T. Towers, Stephen A. Douglas, Benjamin Stanton, Alexander Dallas Bache, Cornelius C. Felton, Gideon Hawley, Richard Rush, and George E. Badger.
  • Mr. Pearce was called to the chair. The Secretary announced the election of George E. Badger and Cornelius C. Felton; also the appointment of William H. English, Hiram Warner, and Benjamin Stanton. Mr. Seaton presented the statement of receipts and expenditures for the year 1855 which was referred to the Executive Committee. The Secretary read and presented his report on the condition and operations of the Institution for the past year.
  • It being announced by the Secretary that John M. Berrien, one of the regents, had departed this life siince the last annual session of the Board. Mr. Mason offered a resolution and remarks in memorial. The Board then adjourned till Saturday, March 8, at 11 o'clock am.


  • English, William Hayden
  • Mason, James Murray
  • Totten, Joseph Gilbert 1788-1864
  • Towers, John Thomas 1811-1857
  • Hawley, Gideon 1785-1870
  • Pearce, James Alfred
  • Douglas, Stephen Arnold
  • Bache, A. D (Alexander Dallas) 1806-1867
  • Henry, Joseph 1797-1878
  • Rush, Richard 1780-1859
  • Taney, Roger Brooke 1777-1864
  • Meacham, James C
  • Regents Smithsonian Institution
  • Board of Regents


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  • 1879
  • March 1, 1856


  • Death
  • Board of Regents


  • Election of officers
  • Board of Regents

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Number of pages: 3; Page numbers: 559-561

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