All the Family I Have
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First Smithsonian Secretary Joseph Henry hired famed paleontologist Fielding B. Meek in 1858. Meek received no salary from the Smithsonian, but was given office and living quarters within the "Castle" building. He had no family, except his beloved cat, and few friends. In frail health during his last years, Meek spent winters in Florida. When he died in 1876, Henry administered Meek's estate and had the funeral held in the Smithsonian building.
Smithsonian Institution History Bibliography
Article includes drawing, "All the Family I Have," by F. B. Meek.
Smithsonian Preservation Quarterly (Newsletter)
Institutional History Division, Smithsonian Institution Archives, 600 Maryland Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20024-2520, SIHistory@si.edu