Smithsonian Institution, Board of Regents, Minutes, 1857

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  • Present: W. B. Magruder, James A. Pearce, Stephen A. Douglas, William H. English, Benjamin Stanton, George E. Badger, and Cornelius C. Felton. Also Present: Joseph Henry. Members not present were Roger B. Taney, James M. Mason, Hiram Warner, Alexander Dallas Bache, Joseph G. Totten, Gideon Hawley, and Richard Rush.
  • In the absence of the Chancellor, Mr. Pearce was called to the chair. Mr. English, from the Committee on Finance, presented a report that stocks and bonds had been purchased of the States of Indiana, Virginia, and Tennessee. For further details, the minutes list a report from the Secretary on the purchase of these stocks. On the motion of Mr. Magruder, the report was accepted and adopted. The statement of the treasurer for 1856 was presented and referred to the Executive Committee. Mr. English presented the report of the Building Committee which was accepted. On the motion of Mr. Magruder, the Secretary was authorized to have the cisterns arched over with brick and one of them arranged for an ice-house.


  • English, William Hayden
  • Magruder, William Beans Dr
  • Mason, James Murray
  • Warner, Hiram
  • Stanton, Benjamin 1809-1872
  • Totten, Joseph Gilbert 1788-1864
  • 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
  • Badger, George Edmund 1795-1866
  • Felton, Cornelius Conway 1807-1862
  • Regents Smithsonian Institution
  • Board of Regents Committee on Buildings
  • Board of Regents Committee on Finance and Investment
  • Board of Regents
  • Board of Regents Executive Committee


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  • 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 24, 1857


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


Board of Regents

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Number of pages: 4; Page numbers: 594-597

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