Baird Appointed Commissioner of Fishes

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Congress establishes the United States Fish Commission and Smithsonian Assistant Secretary Spencer F. Baird is appointed United States Commissioner of Fish and Fisheries by President Ulysses S. Grant. He is given Congressional appropriations for studies concerning the alleged decrease of food-fishes along the coasts and for restocking U.S. rivers and lakes. He will serve as Commissioner until his death in 1887.


  • Baird, Spencer Fullerton 1823-1887
  • Grant, Ulysses S (Ulysses Simpson) 1822-1885
  • United States Fish Commission
  • United States Commissioner of Fish and Fisheries
  • United States President
  • United States Congress


Chronology of Smithsonian History


  • Guide to Smithsonian Archives. Washington, D.C.: Smithsonian Institution Press, 1983. Archives and Special Collections of the Smithsonian Institution Number 4., p. 193
  • Goode, George Brown, ed. The Smithsonian Institution, 1846-1896, The History of Its First Half Century. Washington, D.C.: De Vinne Press, 1897., p. 838
  • Annual Report of the Smithsonian Institution for the year 1872, p. 35

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February 25, 1871


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  • Fisheries--History


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