Bell: Alexander Graham Bell and the Conquest of Solitude

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Biography of Alexander Graham Bell which includes his involvement in Smithsonian affairs as a Regent. As a young inventor, Bell was influenced by the first Smithsonian Secretary, Joseph Henry. He supported Secretary Samuel P. Langley, especially his development of the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory. As a Regent, he was instrumental in acquiring the Freer donation and in transporting James Smithson's remains from Italy to Washington.


  • Bell, Alexander Graham 1847-1922
  • Freer, Charles Lang 1854-1919
  • Henry, Joseph 1797-1878
  • Langley, S. P (Samuel Pierpont) 1834-1906
  • Smithson, James 1765-1829
  • Board of Regents
  • Freer Gallery of Art
  • Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory


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