Statue of Joseph Henry Commissioned

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Date: June 1, 1880

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Summary

United States Congress appropriates $15,000 for a bronze statue of the first Secretary, Joseph Henry, and sculptor W. W. Story of Rome, is commissioned to do the work. On January 16, 1882, The Executive Committee will recommend to the Board of Regents the selection of the triangular plot to the northwest of the Smithsonian Institution Building, the statue to face to the south, as a site for the memorial. Mr. Story's opinion will be solicited before the final site selection is made.

Subject

  • Henry, Joseph 1797-1878
  • Story, William Wetmore 1819-1895
  • Board of Regents
  • United States Congress

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Chronology of Smithsonian History

Notes

  • Image of Joseph Henry statue in front of the Smithsonian Institution Building, 1934. Smithsonian Institution Archives, negative number 2002-12163.
  • Goode, George Brown, ed. The Smithsonian Institution, 1846-1896, The History of Its First Half Century. Washington, D.C.: De Vinne Press, 1897, p. 156, 839.
  • 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. 918-919.
  • Annual Report of the Smithsonian Institution for the year 1879. Washington, D.C.: Government Printing Office, 1880, p. 116.
  • Annual Report of the Smithsonian Institution for the year 1880. Washington, D.C.: Government Printing Office, 1881, p. 150-155, 164.
  • Annual Report of the Smithsonian Institution for the year 1881. Washington, D.C.: Government Printing Office, 1883, p. xiii.

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Institutional History Division, Smithsonian Institution Archives, 600 Maryland Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20024-2520, SIHistory@si.edu

Date

June 1, 1880

Topic

  • Memorials
  • Secretaries
  • Grounds
  • Expenditures, Public
  • Statues

Place

Mall, The (Washington, D.C.)

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