Addresses at the Unveiling of the Joseph Henry Statue at Washington, D.C., April 19, 1883

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Exercises at the unveiling of the Joseph Henry memorial statue, 19 April 1883, in front of the Smithsonian Castle on the Mall. United States Chief Justice Morrison R. Waite delivered the address, which covered the history of the Henry statue, as well as some history of the Smithsonian. Lightly covers Henry's move to the Smithsonian as Secretary. The oration was delivered by Noah Porter, LL.D., President of Yale College. A biographical eulogy of Joseph Henry, the address focused on the history of the Henry statue and Henry's aims for science and research and for the Smithsonian. Covers Henry's early career, including Albany and lauds the Smithsonian, National Museum, National Library and collection of art.


  • Henry, Joseph 1797-1878
  • United States National Museum


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Included in the preface to Waite and Porter's addresses is a summary of the events, which include a weather report of the day of the unveiling.

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Smithsonian Institution Annual Report for 1883 (Book)

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


  • Art
  • Secretaries
  • Joseph Henry Statue
  • Special events
  • Biography
  • Art objects

Physical description

pp. xxiii-xxxvii

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