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The trustees of the Dudley Observatory in Albany, New York reclaim the premises from its scientific staff

Dudley Observatory, Albany, New York, detail
01/03/1859
A year long battle of wills over the Dudley Observatory in Albany, New York between its board of trustees and its scientific staff came to an end with the ejection of the director, Benjamin Gould. A rift between the trustees and the observatory's Scientific Council had developed over the previous year, culminating in Gould and his staff's occupation and blockading of the building. The trustees ultimately hired a group of former Albany policemen to evict Gould from both his observatory house and the observatory itself and the affair ended. (By John Osborne)
Source Citation: 
George Wise, Civic Astronomy: Albany's Dudley Observatory, 1852-2002 (New York: Springer, 2004), 43-45.

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