Memorial Service for Joseph Henry Held at United States Capitol

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A memorial service in honor of Smithsonian Secretary Joseph Henry is held at the United States Capitol. By resolution of Congress, the memorial addresses would be printed in the Congressional Record and fifteen thousand copies of a volume containing them would be published. The next day the Board of Regents appoints a committee of three--Asa Gray, Peter Parker, and Spencer F. Baird--to prepare the special memorial volume. This work, together with other accounts of the public commemorations of Henry, comprises 532 pages, and is published as Vol. XXI of Smithsonian Miscellaneous Collections.


  • Baird, Spencer Fullerton 1823-1887
  • Gray, Asa 1810-1888
  • Henry, Joseph 1797-1878
  • Parker, Peter
  • Board of Regents
  • United States Capitol (Washington, D.C.)
  • United States Congress


Chronology of Smithsonian History


  • The published volume of memorial addresses dedicated to the life and work of Joseph Henry can be found at
  • Goode, George Brown, ed. The Smithsonian Institution, 1846-1896, The History of Its First Half Century. Washington, D.C.: De Vinne Press, 1897, pp. 156, 839.
  • Annual Report of the Smithsonian Institution for the year 1881, p. xi.
  • Annual Report of the Smithsonian Institution for the year 1879, p. 11-12.
  • Annual Report of the Smithsonian Institution for the year 1878, p. 138-140.
  • 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, pp. 802-06.

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January 16, 1879


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