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Spencer Fullerton Baird is appointed secretary of the Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC

Spencer Fullerton Baird, 1875, detail
05/17/1878
Upon Joseph Henry’s death, the Smithsonian Institution’s Board of Regents appointed Spencer Baird as the secretary of the Smithsonian Institution on May 17, 1878. Baird acted as the Smithsonian’s secretary for nine years until retiring to Wood’s Hole, Massachusetts in 1887. (By Rebecca Solnit)

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