First Meetings of Board of Regents

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The fifteen-member Board of Regents holds its first meetings. Vice President George Mifflin Dallas of Pennsylvania is elected Chancellor of the Institution. Members of the board include: the Vice President of the United States, the Chief Justice of the United States, and the Mayor of the city of Washington, all ex officio members; three members each of the U.S. Senate and House; and six citizen members. Four committees are established, an Executive Committee, a committee to prepare a plan to carry out the provisions of the Act of Organization, a committee to investigate formation of a library, and a Building Committee.


  • Dallas, George Mifflin 1792-1864
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Chronology of Smithsonian History


  • Goode, 1897, on page 58, says the Board of Regents first met on 6 September.
  • Goode, George Brown, ed. The Smithsonian Institution, 1846-1896, The History of Its First Half Century. Washington, D.C.: De Vinne Press, 1897, p. 53, 58, 833.
  • Oehser, Paul H. The Smithsonian Institution. New York: Praeger Publishers, 1970, p. 26.
  • Smithsonian Miscellaneous Collections, volume 18, number 329. "Journals of the Proceedings of the Board of Regents of the Smithsonian Institution 1846-76, Reports of Committees, Statistics, Etc." ed. by William J. Rhees. Washington, D.C.: Smithsonian Institution, 1879, p. 1-5.

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September 7-9, 1846


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