Letter of Hon. Rufus Choate, Resigning the Office of Regent of the Smithsonian Institution: To Hon. Jesse D. Bright, President pro tempore of the Senate, and Hon. Linn Boyd, Speaker of the House of Representatives

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Resignation letter of Rufus Choate from the Board of Regents. Explores issue of governance of the Smithsonian by the Board of Regents.


  • Choate, Rufus, 1799-1859
  • Bright, Jesse D
  • Boyd, Linn
  • Henry, Joseph 1797-1878
  • Meacham, James C
  • Upham, C. W
  • Wells, D., Jr
  • Puryear, R. C
  • Witte, William H
  • Jewett, Charles C (Charles Coffin) 1816-1868
  • Blodget, Lorin 1823-1901
  • Baird, Spencer Fullerton 1823-1887
  • Richards, Zalmon
  • Girard, Charles Frederick
  • Rhees, William Jones 1830-1907
  • Board of Regents
  • United States Congress
  • Smithsonian Institution Establishment of
  • Smithsonian Institution Libraries (SIL)
  • United States National Museum


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Bound in a volume entitled, Smithsonian Institution, 1846-1897, (Q11/S6A22/ 1846/Arch). Also included with this letter is a "Report of the Select Committee of the House of Representatives, to whom were referred the letter of the Hon. Rufus Choate, resigning his place as a regent of the Smithsonian Institution, with instructions to inquire and report to the House whether the Smithsonian Institution has been managed and its funds expended in accordance with the law establishing the institution, and whether any additional legislation be necessary to carry out the designs of the founder ..."

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Report No. 141, 33d Congress, 2d session, March 3, 1855 (Conference Proceedings)

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January 13, 1855


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