Proceedings of the Board of Regents of the Smithsonian Institution in Relation to the Electro-Magnetic Telegraph

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Summary

Joseph Henry, the first Secretary of the Smithsonian, requested the Smithsonian's Board of Regents to issue a resolution on his behalf after Samuel Morse's 1855 publication of an attack on Henry and his role in the telegraph's invention. The Regents exonerated Henry in the Smithsonian's annual report for 1857. The report contains a statement by Henry on the history of his dispute with Morse (pp. 85-88); a report by a special committee of the Board of Regents exonerating Henry (pp. 88-99); an essay by Henry on the history of his work in electromagnetism and telegraphy (pp. 99-106); and a transcript of Henry's deposition for the United States Supreme Court in the 1849 patent suit, Morse v. O'Reilly (pp. 107-117).

Subject

  • Henry, Joseph 1797-1878
  • Morse, Samuel Finley Breese 1791-1872
  • Board of Regents

Category

Smithsonian Institution History Bibliography

Notes

Available at http://biodiversitylibrary.org/page/7921223.

Contained within

Annual Report of the Board of Regents of the Smithsonian Institution for the Year 1857 (Book)

Contact information

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

Date

1858

Topic

  • Telegraph
  • History of Technology
  • Secretaries
  • Electromagnets
  • Physics
  • Electromagnetism

Physical description

Number of pages : 33; Page numbers : 85-117

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