Smithsonian Institution, Board of Regents, Minutes, 1860

Usage Conditions Apply
The Smithsonian Institution Archives welcomes personal and educational use of its collections unless otherwise noted. For commercial uses, please contact


  • Present: John C. Breckinridge, James G. Berret, James A. Pearce, James M. Mason, Alexander Dallas Bache, and Cornelius C. Felton. Also Present: Joseph Henry and William W. Seaton. Members not present were Roger B. Taney, Stephen A. Douglas, William H. English, Lucius J. Gartrell, Benjamin Stanton, Joseph G. Totten, Gideon Hawley, and George E. Badger.
  • The Secretary announced the reappointment of Stephen A. Douglas for a term of six years and that since the last meeting of the Board a vacancy had occured by the death of Richard Rush. Mr. Pearce then made remarks and offered two resolutions in memory of Mr. Rush. On the motion of Mr. Mason it was ordered a copy of these remarks be sent to Mr. Rush's family. The treasurer, William W. Seaton, presented the account of receipts and expenditures for the year 1859 and a general statement of finances which were read and referred to the Executive Committee.
  • The Secretary read a letter from the Duke of Northumberland and presented several books on the history of Northumberland. The Secretary exhibited a burning lens and a condensing air pump, which had been presented to the Institution by J. R. Priestly and made several remarks on their history and use by the celebrated Dr. Priestly. The annual report of the Institution was presented by the Secretary. On the motion of Mr. Pearce, the Baord then adjourned to meet on Saturday next, at 10 o'clock am.


  • Duke of Northumberland
  • Berret, James Gabriel
  • English, William Hayden
  • Gartrell, Lucius Jeremiah
  • Mason, James Murray
  • Stanton, Benjamin 1809-1872
  • Totten, Joseph Gilbert 1788-1864
  • Hawley, Gideon 1785-1870
  • Pearce, James Alfred
  • Douglas, Stephen Arnold
  • Priestly, Joseph
  • Bache, A. D (Alexander Dallas) 1806-1867
  • Breckinridge, John C (John Cabell) 1821-1875
  • Rush, Richard 1780-1859
  • Taney, Roger Brooke 1777-1864
  • Badger, George Edmund 1795-1866
  • Felton, Cornelius Conway 1807-1862
  • Regents Smithsonian Institution
  • Smithsonian Year
  • Board of Regents
  • Board of Regents Executive Committee


Smithsonian Legal Documents

Legal document information

  • Regents Minutes
  • Board of Regents - Minutes of Meetings, 1846-

Contained within

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

Contact information

Institutional History Division, Smithsonian Institution Archives, 900 Jefferson Drive, SW, Washington, D.C. 20013-7012,


  • 1879
  • January 28, 1860


  • Scientific apparatus and instruments
  • Death
  • Northumberland, England


Board of Regents

Physical description

Number of pages: 7; Page numbers: 669-675

Full Record

View Full Record