George Perkins Marsh

ID: 2002-32243

Creator: Brady, Mathew B. 1823 (ca.)-1896

Form/Genre: Photographic print

Date: 1861

Citation: Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 95, Box 16, Folder: 61

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Portrait of George Perkins Marsh, a Representative to the United States Congress from Vermont, an advocate for use of the James Smithson bequest to create a great national library, and member of the Smithsonian Board of Regents from 1847 to 1849. This image was probably taken shortly before he left the United States to serve as U.S. Minister to Italy. Marsh was a mentor to the second Smithsonian Secretary, Spencer Fullerton Baird.


  • Marsh, George Perkins 1801-1882
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  • United States Congress House


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  • The old negative number is SA-34, but that negative has been lost.
  • The Library of Congress has a Brady glass wet collodion plate of this image in its Brady-Handy Photograph Collection (Library of Congress). LC digital scan number is LC-DIG-cwpbh-02223. See The Library of Congress also has two other images, transferred from the U.S. War College in 1920. See and These were taken around the time when Marsh became a Regent of the Smithsonian.

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Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 95, Box 16, Folder: 61

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Color: Black and White; Size: 6.5x10; Type of Image: Portrait; Medium: Photographic print

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