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Smithsonian Secretary S. Dillon Ripley tells a brief anecdote about President Lyndon B. Johnson and Smithsonian Chancellor, Chief Justice Earl Warren. Warren's comment on "minding the store" turns Ripley's thoughts to the three former Smithsonian Secretaries still residing at The Castle. They are Charles G. Abbot, Dr. Alexander Wetmore, and Dr. Leonard Carmichael. Ripley expresses his gratitude with having these men nearby.


  • Abbot, C. G (Charles Greeley) b. 1872
  • Johnson, Lyndon B (Lyndon Baines) 1908-1973
  • Warren, Earl 1891-1974
  • Wetmore, Alexander 1886-
  • Carmichael, Leonard 1898-1973
  • Chancellor of the Smithsonian Board of Regents
  • United States President


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Smithsonian Vol. 4, no. 4 (Journal)

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Institutional History Division, Smithsonian Institution Archives, 600 Maryland Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20024-2520,


July 1973


  • Secretaries
  • Castle View

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p. 4-5

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