Smithsonian Institution, Board of Regents, Minutes, 1860

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  • Present: John C. Breckinridge, James G. Berret, James A. Pearce, Stephen A. Douglas ,Alexander Dallas Bache, and Cornelius C. Felton. Also Present: Joseph Henry. Members not present were Roger B. Taney, James M. Mason, William H. English, Lucius J. Gartrell, Benjamin Stanton, Joseph G. Totten, Gideon Hawley, and George E. Badger.
  • Mr. Breckinridge was called to the chair. The Secretary announced the death of Washington Irving, an honorary member; Prof. Parker Cleaveland, a honorary member; Prof. W. W. Turner, Prof. James P. Espy, and G. Wurdemann. Professor Felton then offered remarks and two resolutions in honor of W. W. Turner and Washington Irving. Professor Bache offered remarks and two resolutions in honor of James P. Espy. The Secretary then introduced the subject of warming the Smithsonian building, stating that it was important to provide better means for this purpose. The subject was referred to the Executive Committee and the Secretary was instructed to procure estimates for the introduction of steam or hot water apparatus. The reading of the report of the Secretary was continued. The Board then adjourned.


  • Berret, James Gabriel
  • English, William Hayden
  • Gartrell, Lucius Jeremiah
  • Mason, James Murray
  • Stanton, Benjamin 1809-1872
  • Totten, Joseph Gilbert 1788-1864
  • Cleaveland, Parker 1780-1858
  • Hawley, Gideon 1785-1870
  • Turner, William W (William Wadden) 1810-1859
  • Pearce, James Alfred
  • Douglas, Stephen Arnold
  • Bache, A. D (Alexander Dallas) 1806-1867
  • Breckinridge, John C (John Cabell) 1821-1875
  • Espy, James P (James Pollard) 1785-1860
  • Irving, Washington 1783-1859
  • Taney, Roger Brooke 1777-1864
  • Badger, George Edmund 1795-1866
  • Felton, Cornelius Conway 1807-1862
  • Regents Smithsonian Institution
  • Smithsonian Institution Building (Washington, D.C.)
  • Board of Regents
  • Board of Regents Executive Committee


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  • 1879
  • February 4, 1860


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Number of pages: 15; Page numbers: 675-690

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