Langley & Goode Appointed Asst. Secretaries

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The Board of Regents approves Secretary Spencer F. Baird's appointments of Samuel P. Langley as Assistant Secretary in charge of exchanges, publications, and the library, and George Brown Goode as Assistant Secretary in charge of the National Museum. Although Goode keeps up with his scientific work in ichthyology, his forte is as a synthesizer of science. He is one of the first historians of American science and museums. Later that same year, Langley succeeds Baird as the third Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution.


  • Baird, Spencer Fullerton 1823-1887
  • Goode, G. Brown (George Brown) 1851-1896
  • Langley, S. P (Samuel Pierpont) 1834-1906
  • Board of Regents
  • Smithsonian Institution Libraries (SIL)
  • United States National Museum


Chronology of Smithsonian History


  • Goode, George Brown, ed. The Smithsonian Institution, 1846-1896, The History of Its First Half Century. Washington, D.C.: De Vinne Press, 1897, p. 203, 503, 840.
  • Oehser, Paul H. The Smithsonian Institution. New York: Praeger Publishers, 1970, p. 44.
  • Annual Report of the Smithsonian Institution for the year 1887. Washington, D.C.: Government Printing Offic, 1889, p. xiv, 3.

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January 12, 1887


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