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The fourth Smithsonian Secretary Charles Doolittle Walcott (1850-1927) dies. A geologist, Walcott has served as Secretary from 1907 to 1927. Upon his death, on February 10, 1927, Assistant Secretary Charles Greeley Abbot is appointed Acting Secretary, until he is elected the fifth Secretary by the Board of Regents on January 10, 1928.


  • Walcott, Charles D (Charles Doolittle) 1850-1927
  • Abbot, C. G (Charles Greeley) b. 1872
  • Board of Regents


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Yochelson, Ellis L. The National Museum of Natural History: 75 Years in the Natural History Building. Washington, D.C.: Smithsonian Institution Press, 1985, p. 9.

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February 9, 1927


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