Smithsonian Institution, Board of Regents, Minutes, 1859

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  • Present: John C. Breckinridge, James G. Berret, James M. Mason, James A. Pearce, Stephen A. Douglas, William H. English, Lucius J. Gartrell, and Alexander Dallas Bache. Also Present: Joseph Henry. Members not present were Roger B. Taney, Benjamin Stanton, Joseph G. Totten, Cornelius C. Felton, Gideon Hawley, Richard Rush, and George E. Badger.
  • Mr. Pearce was called to the chair. The report of the Executive Committee was presented, read, and accepted. The Secretary announced the re-election of Alexander Dallas Bache and George E. Badger as regents for six more years. The Secretary the presented the annual report of the operations of the Institution for 1858 which was accepted. The report of the Executive Committee, presented by Mr. Pearce, was read and accepted. A letter from R. Schleiden, Minister Resident of Bremen, stating the Bremen Steamship Company would carry Institution goods free of charge to Germany was read. A resolution thanking R. Schleiden was adopted. Communications were read from Rev. F. Vinton of Brooklyn relative to the Wynn estate and from J.H. Hammond and J.R. Lambdin relative to procuring copies of European art. On the motion of Mr. Douglas, a resolution appropriating two thousand dollars for procuring said art was adopted.
  • A communication from Prof. Baird asking for an increase of salary was read and referred to the Executive Committee. A communication from Prof. Morse and a letter from Amos Kendall were presented to the board in relation to the telegraph. A communication from Edward Sabine regarding observatories in the colonies and thanking the Institution for its support which was referred to the Secretary and the Executive Committee. The Secretary presented a communication from G. J. Durand of Bordeaux with a report on the Smithsonian Institution he presented to the Imperial Academy of Bordeaux. The Board then adjourned sine die.


  • Berret, James Gabriel
  • English, William Hayden
  • Magruder, William Beans Dr
  • Mason, James Murray
  • Stanton, Benjamin 1809-1872
  • Totten, Joseph Gilbert 1788-1864
  • Hawley, Gideon 1785-1870
  • Pearce, James Alfred
  • Douglas, Stephen Arnold
  • Kendall, Amos
  • Bache, A. D (Alexander Dallas) 1806-1867
  • Baird, Spencer Fullerton 1823-1887
  • Breckinridge, John C (John Cabell) 1821-1875
  • Henry, Joseph 1797-1878
  • Morse, Samuel Finley Breese 1791-1872
  • Rush, Richard 1780-1859
  • Taney, Roger Brooke 1777-1864
  • Badger, George Edmund 1795-1866
  • Felton, Cornelius Conway 1807-1862
  • Regents Smithsonian Institution
  • Shaffner's Telegraph Companion (Serial)
  • Board of Regents
  • Board of Regents Executive Committee


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

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  • 1879
  • February 15, 1859


  • Telegraph
  • Inventors
  • Controversies
  • Inventions
  • Board of Regents


  • Election of officers
  • Board of Regents

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Number of pages: 7; Page numbers: 662-668

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