Today in Smithsonian History: December 21, 1846
Photograph of a daguerreotype of Joseph Henry (1797 – 1878), physicist and first Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution (1846 – 1878) taken in the 1840s. (Copyright: Chicago Historical Society)
December 21, 1846 Joseph Henry, a physicist from Princeton University, enters upon his duties of office as the first Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution (1846-1878). He meets with the Board of Regents to plan the programs of the new Institution.
Courtesy Smithsonian Institution Archives
Posted: 21 December 2016