Joseph Henry Appointed to Light-House Board




Date: September 25, 1852


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Smithsonian Secretary Joseph Henry is appointed to the newly-established United States Light-House Board, serving as one of two civilian scientists. Alexander Dallas Bache, Superintendent of the United States Coast Survey and Henry's friend, is the other civilian appointment. Henry would become Chairman of the Light-House Board in 1871, and would serve until is death in 1878.


  • Henry, Joseph 1797-1878
  • Bache, A. D (Alexander Dallas) 1806-1867
  • United States Light House Board


Chronology of Smithsonian History


  • Rothenberg, Marc, et al, eds., The Papers of Joseph Henry, Volume 8, Washington, D.C.: Smithsonian Institution Press, 1998, pp. 390-91.
  • Moyer, Albert. Joseph Henry: The Rise of an American Scientist. Washington, D.C.: Smithsonian Institution Press, 1997, p. 276.

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September 25, 1852


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