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Baird, Spencer Fullerton, 1823-1887

Scientist; born in Reading, Pa., Feb. 3, 1823; was graduated at Dickinson College in 1840. In 1850 he was appointed assistant secretary to the Smithsonian Institution. He held that office until the death of Prof. Joseph Henry (q. v.) in 1878, when he succeeded to the office of secretary, which he held until his death, on Aug. 19, 1887, Professor Baird published several works on natural history. In 1871 he was placed at the head of the United States Fish Commission. He died in Wood's Holl, Mass., Aug. 19, 1887.

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