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Joseph Alexander Henry
Birth: Jul. 26, 1796
Albany
Albany County
New York, USA
Death: May 13, 1878
District of Columbia
District Of Columbia, USA

Scientist. He was head of the Smithsonian Institution for 32 years where under his direction, the national weather forecasting service was born. One of America's greatest scientists, he invented the first practical electric motor, telegraph and the electric relay, pioneered in the study of sunspots, and innovated the development of lighthouse foghorns and lights to aid ships in navigation. Without a college degree, he was hired as a professor at Princeton University prior to his tenure at the Smithsonian where he lived with his family until his death. The day of his state funeral was declared a national day of mourning and the service was attended by President Rutherford B. Hayes, his wife Lucy, the entire cabinet, Chief Justice and Associate Justices of the Supreme Court, members of both houses of congress and many scientists. In 1997 The Smithsonian published his biography: "Joseph Henry: The Rise of an American Scientist." (bio by: Donald Greyfield (inactive)) 
 
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 Spouse:
  Harriet Alexander Henry (1808 - 1882)*
 
 Children:
  Mary A Henry (1832 - 1903)*
  Helen L Henry (1834 - 1912)*
  Caroline Henry (1838 - 1920)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Oak Hill Cemetery
Washington
District of Columbia
District Of Columbia, USA
Plot: Henry Crescent
 
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Originally Created by: Donald Greyfield (inacti...
Record added: Dec 12, 2003
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Joseph Alexander Henry
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Joseph Alexander Henry
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Joseph Alexander Henry
Added by: Donald Greyfield (inactive)
 
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