William Jervis Hough

ID: 2002-32241

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Form/Genre: Photographic print


Citation: Smithsonian Institution Archives Record Unit 95 Box 13 Folder 43

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Portrait of William Jervis Hough, elected to the U.S. House of Representatives (1845-1847). Hough was the congressman who authored the final draft of the bill establishing the Smithsonian Institution in 1846. Hough introduced the term 'regents' in relation to the governing of the Smithsonian. The document also provided that land west of Seventh Street to the Potomac be set aside for the building of the Smithsonian. He served on the Smithsonian Board of Regents and at its first Meeting on Sept. 9, 1846, was elected interim secretary of the institution and served until Henry was appointed in December of that year. Hough served on the committee that directed the construction of the Smithsonian Castle and was a leading force in the shaping of the fledgling institution.


  • Hough, William Jervis 1795-1869
  • United States Congress
  • Board of Regents


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The old negative number is SA-695, but that negative has been lost.

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Smithsonian Institution Archives Record Unit 95 Box 13 Folder 43

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Color: Black and White; Size: 6x8.5; Type of Image: Portrait; Medium: Photographic print

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