Henry to Receive Honor from King of Sweden




Date: April 20, 1871


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United States Congress approves a "joint resolution giving the consent of Congress to Professor Joseph Henry, secretary of the Smithsonian Institution, to accept the title and regalia of a Commander of the Royal Norwegian Order of St. Olaf, conferred upon him by the King of Sweden and Norway, grand master of said order."


  • Henry, Joseph 1797-1878
  • Royal Norwegian Order of St. Olaf
  • United States Congress


Chronology of Smithsonian History


  • Joseph Henry (1797-1878), physicist and first Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution from 1846 to 1878, seated in a chair, c. 1870s. Smithsonian Institution Archives, negative number mah-781
  • Rhees, William Jones. The Smithsonian Institution: Documents Relative to Its Origin and History: 1835-1899, Vol. 1, 1835-1887. Washington, D.C.: Government Printing Office, 1901., p. 692
  • Smithsonian Miscellaneous Collections, volume 42, p. 692

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April 20, 1871


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  • Sweden
  • Norway

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