Secretary Wetmore Retires

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Secretary Alexander Wetmore retires on December 31, 1952, after a seven year term as the sixth Secretary of the Smithsonian. On January 2, 1953, Leonard Carmichael takes over the Secretaryship.


  • Wetmore, Alexander 1886-
  • Carmichael, Leonard 1898-1973


Chronology of Smithsonian History


  • Yochelson, Ellis L. The National Museum of Natural History: 75 Years in the Natural History Building. Washington, D.C.: Smithsonian Institution Press, 1985., p. 10
  • Annual Report of the Smithsonian Institution for the year 1953, p. 1

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December 31, 1952


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