Samuel Langley Appointed Acting Secretary

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Smithsonian Board of Regents Chancellor Morrison R. Waite appoints Professor Samuel P. Langley as Acting Secretary, in consequence of the forced absence of Secretary Spencer F. Baird, by reason of sickness. Assistant Secretary Langley serves as Acting Secretary until he is elected Secretary on November 18, 1887, after Secretary Baird's death on August 19, 1887.


  • Baird, Spencer Fullerton 1823-1887
  • Langley, S. P (Samuel Pierpont) 1834-1906
  • Waite, Morrison R (Morrison Remick) 1816-1888
  • Chancellor of the Smithsonian Board of Regents
  • Board of Regents


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Annual Report of the Smithsonian Institution for the year 1887. Washington, D.C.: Government Printing Office, 1889, p. 3.

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February 10, 1887


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