Trailblazer of American Science: The Life of Joseph Henry

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Popular biography of Joseph Henry. Begins with short biography of Henry's grandfathers, William Hendrie and Hugh Alexander. Covers Henry's birth, early years, Albany and Princeton. Gives summary of the birth of the Smithsonian Institution, Henry's marriage and family life. Includes details of electrical experiments and electro- magnetic telegraph experiments, his relationship with Samuel F. B. Morse and Alfred Vail. Also includes recollections of Alexander Dallas Bache, Michael Faraday, Benjamin Franklin, and Louis Agassiz.


  • Henry, Joseph 1797-1878
  • Bache, A. D (Alexander Dallas) 1806-1867
  • Morse, Samuel Finley Breese 1791-1872
  • Vail, Alfred
  • Franklin, Benjamin 1706-1790
  • Agassiz, Louis 1807-1873
  • Faraday, Michael 1791-1867
  • Hendrie, William
  • Alexander, Hugh
  • Alexander, Stephen
  • Henry, Harriet A. 1808-1882
  • Henry, Mary Anna 1834-1903
  • College of New Jersey (Princeton, N.J.)
  • Princeton University
  • Board of Regents
  • Smithsonian Institution Building (Washington, D.C.)
  • United States Light House Board


Smithsonian Institution History Bibliography


Includes photographs and drawings, including Henry's birthplace, Albany and Princeton, Alexander Dallas Bache, Samuel F. B. Morse, Alfred Vail, and many others. Many of these photographs are from the Smithsonian Institution Archives collection. Also includes index.

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




  • Telegraph
  • Electricity
  • Secretaries
  • SI, Early History
  • Science
  • Museums
  • Experiments
  • Science--Experiments
  • Museum publications
  • Biography


  • Albany (N.Y.)
  • Princeton (N.J.)

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