Smithsonian Institution, Board of Regents, Minutes, 1858

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  • Present: John C. Breckinridge, James A. Pearce, James M. Mason, Stephen A. Douglas, William H. English, Alexander Dallas Bache, Cornelius C. Felton, Also Present: Joseph Henry and William W. Seaton. Members not present were Roger B. Taney, William B. Magruder, Lucius J. Gartrell, Benjamin Stanton, Joseph G. Totten, Gideon Hawley, Richard Rush, and George E. Beaver.
  • The Vice-President took the chair. The minutes of the last meeting of the Establishment were read for information, according to the by-laws of that body. The Secretary stated to the Board the action of Congress at its last session, relative to the construction of cases in the Smithsonian Institution Building for the Government collections, and also the decision of the Attorney General respecting the law. The Secretary then presented the annual report of the operations, expenditures, and condition of the institution during the year 1857; which was read. The Board then visited the rooms of the building, the collections, etc., and adjourned.


  • English, William Hayden
  • Magruder, William Beans Dr
  • Mason, James Murray
  • Warner, Hiram
  • Seaton, William Winston 1785-1866
  • 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
  • Breckinridge, John C (John Cabell) 1821-1875
  • 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
  • Smithsonian Year
  • Smithsonian Institution Building (Washington, D.C.)
  • Board of Regents


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  • 1858
  • January 30, 1858


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