Andrew D. White Delivers First Hamilton Fund Lecture

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Andrew Dickson White (1832-1918), president of Cornell University, delivers the first Hamilton Fund Lecture, speaking on "The Diplomatic Service of the United States, with Some Hints Toward Its Reform." This lecture series was funded by an 1871 bequest of $1000 from James Hamilton to present a biennial endowed lecture or paper on any scientific or useful subject chosen by the Smithsonian's Secretary. The lecture was later printed in the Smithsonian Miscellaneous Collections and distributed widely. Dr. White was a member of the Smithsonian's Board of Regents from 1888 to 1916.


  • White, Andrew Dickson 1832-1918
  • Hamilton, James
  • Cornell University
  • Board of Regents
  • Smithsonian Miscellaneous Collections (Publication)


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Annual Report of the Smithsonian Institution, 1908. Washington, D.C.: U.S. Government Printing Office, 1909, p. 26.

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