Pritchett, Henry S. (Henry Smith), 1857-1939

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Astronomer, superintendent of the U.S. Coast and Geodetic Survey, and president of Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

From the description of Henry S. Pritchett papers, 1876-1967 (bulk 1900-1939). (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 71061298

Biographical Note

  • 1857, Apr. 16: Born, Fayette, Mo.
  • 1875: A.B., Pritchett Institute, Glasgow, Mo.
  • 1878 - 1880 : Assistant astronomer, United States Naval Observatory
  • 1880 - 1881 : Assistant to his father, Carr Waller Pritchett, Morrison Observatory, Glasgow, Mo.
  • 1881: Appointed assistant professor of astronomy and mathematics, Washington University, St. Louis, Mo.
  • 1882: Second in command to Edwin Smith, United States Coast and Geodetic Survey expedition to New Zealand to observe the transit of Venus
  • 1883: Named professor of astronomy and director of the observatory, Washington University, St. Louis, Mo.
  • 1889: Headed expedition to California to observe the solar eclipse, Washington University, St. Louis, Mo.
  • 1894 - 1895 : Studied astronomy, University of Munich, Munich, Germany, receiving a doctorate
  • 1897: Appointed superintendent, United States Coast and Geodetic Survey
  • 1900 - 1905 : President, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Mass.1905 Submitted to Andrew Carnegie a plan to establish a fund to provide retiring allowances for professors Served with the Charles River Basin Commission, the Lighthouse Board, and the Immigration Commission
  • 1906: Published What Is Religion? Boston: Houghton, Mifflin 1906-1930 President, Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching
  • 1911 - 1930 : Trustee, Carnegie Corp. of New York (president, 1920-1923)
  • 1930: Retired as president emeritus, Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching
  • 1933: President, Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching
  • 1939, Aug. 28: Died, Santa Barbara, Calif

From the guide to the Henry S. Pritchett Papers, 1876-1967, (bulk 1900-1939), (Manuscript Division Library of Congress)

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referencedIn Century Company records, 1870-1924 New York Public Library. Manuscripts and Archives Division
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referencedIn Elihu Thomson Papers, 1865-1944 American Philosophical Society
referencedIn Carnegie Corporation of New York. Carnegie Corporation of New York Records, 1900-2004. Columbia University in the City of New York, Columbia University Libraries
creatorOf Bunn, John W., 1831-1920. Letter: to Henry S. Pritchett, Boston, Mass., 1905 Jan. 12. Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library
referencedIn Todd, David P. (David Peck), 1855-1939. Papers, 1862-1939 Yale University. Department of Manuscripts and Archives
referencedIn Papers, 1911-1944 (inclusive), 1929-1937 (bulk). Houghton Library
creatorOf Bruce, Philip Alexander, 1856-1933. Papers of the Hubard family [manuscript] 1749-1951. University of Virginia. Library
referencedIn Henry Suzzallo papers, 1903-1937 University of Washington Libraries Special Collections
creatorOf Wilson, Woodrow, 1856-1924. Letters : of Woodrow Wilson, 1889-1907 [manuscript]. University of Virginia. Library
referencedIn Edward Williams Morley Papers, 1833-1923, (bulk 1863-1899) Library of Congress. Manuscript Division
referencedIn Robert Grant papers, 1809-1940. Houghton Library
referencedIn Howe, M. A. De Wolfe (Mark Antony De Wolfe), 1864-1960. Additional papers, 1880-1959 Houghton Library
referencedIn Wendell family papers, 1620-1921 Houghton Library
creatorOf Hale, George Ellery, 1868-1938. Correspondence concerning the National Academy of Sciences, 1913 Feb.-Mar. Houghton Library
referencedIn Houghton Mifflin Company contracts, 1831-1979 (inclusive) 1880-1940 (bulk). Houghton Library
creatorOf Flexner, Abraham, 1866-1959. Abraham Flexner papers, 1865-1989 (bulk 1900-1959). Library of Congress
referencedIn Gildersleeve, Basil L. (Basil Lanneau), 1831-1924. Basil Lanneau Gildersleeve papers, 1847-1925. Johns Hopkins University, Sheridan Libraries and the Milton S. Eisenhower Library
creatorOf Bunn, John W., 1831-1920. Letter: to Henry S. Pritchett, Boston, Mass., 1905 Jan. 12. Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library
referencedIn Charles Nagel papers, 1877-1940 Yale University. Department of Manuscripts and Archives
referencedIn Andrew Carnegie Papers, 1803-1935, (bulk 1890-1919) Library of Congress. Manuscript Division
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referencedIn Remsen, Ira, 1846-1927. Ira Remsen papers, 1868-1938. Johns Hopkins University, Sheridan Libraries and the Milton S. Eisenhower Library
creatorOf Pritchett, Henry S. (Henry Smith), 1857-1939. Henry S. Pritchett papers, 1876-1967 (bulk 1900-1939). Library of Congress
referencedIn Thomson, Elihu, 1853-1937. Papers, 1853-1955. American Philosophical Society Library
creatorOf Eliot, Charles William, 1834-1926. Correspondence of Charles W. Eliot, 1870-1920. Harvard Law School Library Langdell Hall Cambridge, MA 02138
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referencedIn Carnegie, Andrew, 1835-1919. Papers of Andrew Carnegie, 1803-1935 (bulk 1890-1919). Library of Congress
referencedIn Stanford University. President's Office. Stanford University, President's Office, Medical School correspondence, 1902-1912. Stanford University. Department of Special Collections and University Archives
referencedIn Additional papers of the Howe-Richards family, 1843-1957. Houghton Library
creatorOf Hay, John, 1838-1905. Correspondence, 1854-1914, "Platt" to "Ray". Brown University Archives, John Hay Library
referencedIn Norton, Charles Eliot, 1827-1908. Papers, ca.1845-1908 Houghton Library
creatorOf Henry S. Pritchett Papers, 1876-1967, (bulk 1900-1939) Library of Congress. Manuscript Division
referencedIn Walter Sydney Adams Papers, 1881-1939 American Philosophical Society
creatorOf Smith, Reginald Heber, 1889-1966. Correspondence relating to his writings on justice and the poor, 1913-1921. Harvard Law School Library Langdell Hall Cambridge, MA 02138
referencedIn Richard T. Ely papers, 1812-1963 (bulk 1882-1939) Wisconsin Historical Society Archives
referencedIn Emil Lorch Papers, 1891-1963 Bentley Historica Library University of Michigan
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referencedIn Thomas Bailey Aldrich papers, 1837-1926. Houghton Library
referencedIn Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Office of the President records Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Libraries
referencedIn Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching Records, 1905-1979. Columbia University in the City of New York, Columbia University Libraries
referencedIn Vincent, John Martin, 1857-1939. John Martin Vincent papers, 1868-1937. Johns Hopkins University, Sheridan Libraries and the Milton S. Eisenhower Library
creatorOf Carnegie Council on Ethics & International Affairs. Carnegie Council on Ethics & International Affairs records, 1914-1996. Columbia University in the City of New York, Columbia University Libraries
referencedIn Morley, Edward Williams, 1838-1923. Edward Williams Morley papers, 1833-1923 (bulk 1863-1899). Library of Congress
referencedIn Nagel, Charles, 1849-1940. Charles Nagel papers, 1877-1940 (inclusive). Yale University Library
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Relation Name
correspondedWith Adams, Charles Francis, 1835-1915 person
associatedWith Adams, Walter S. (Walter Sydney), 1876-1956 person
correspondedWith Aldrich, Thomas Bailey, 1836-1907 person
correspondedWith Bowles, Samuel, 1826-1878 person
associatedWith Bunn, John W., 1831-1920. person
correspondedWith Butler, Nicholas Murray, 1862-1947 person
associatedWith Carnegie, Andrew, 1835-1919. person
associatedWith Carnegie Corporation of New York. corporateBody
associatedWith Carnegie Council on Ethics & International Affairs. corporateBody
associatedWith Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. corporateBody
correspondedWith Century Company corporateBody
associatedWith Charles River Basin Project. corporateBody
correspondedWith Dawes, Charles Gates, 1865-1951 person
correspondedWith Dellenbaugh, Frederick Samuel, 1853-1935 person
associatedWith Eliot, Charles William, 1834-1926. person
associatedWith Ely, Richard Theodore, 1854-1943. person
associatedWith Flexner, Abraham, 1866-1959. person
associatedWith Franklin Fund. corporateBody
associatedWith Furst, Clyde Bowman, 1873-1931. person
associatedWith Gildersleeve, Basil L. (Basil Lanneau), 1831-1924. person
correspondedWith Grant, Robert, 1852-1940 person
associatedWith Hale, George Ellery, 1868-1938. person
correspondedWith Hall, Samuel S. person
associatedWith Hay, John, 1838-1905. person
correspondedWith Hoover, Herbert, 1874-1964 person
associatedWith Houghton Mifflin Company. corporateBody
associatedWith Howe family. family
correspondedWith Howe, M. A. De Wolfe (Mark Antony De Wolfe), 1864-1960 person
correspondedWith James family. family
correspondedWith Jessup, Walter A. (Walter Albert), 1877-1944 person
correspondedWith Keppel, Frederick P. (Frederick Paul), 1875-1943 person
correspondedWith Learned, William S. (William Setchel), 1876-1950 person
associatedWith Lorch, Emil, 1870-1963 person
associatedWith Massachusetts. Charles River Basin Commission. corporateBody
associatedWith Massachusetts Institute of Technology. corporateBody
associatedWith Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Office of the President corporateBody
correspondedWith Morley, Edward Williams, 1838-1923. person
associatedWith Nagel, Charles, 1849-1940. person
associatedWith Norton, Charles Eliot, 1827-1908 person
associatedWith Otis, Joseph Edward, 1867-1959. person
correspondedWith Rabitte, Margaret person
correspondedWith Reed, Alfred Zantzinger, 1875-1949 person
associatedWith Remsen, Ira, 1846-1927. person
correspondedWith Roosevelt, Theodore, 1858-1919 person
correspondedWith Root, Elihu, 1845-1937 person
correspondedWith Root, Elihu, 1881-1967 person
associatedWith Santa Barbara Relief Fund Committee. corporateBody
associatedWith Smith, Reginald Heber, 1889-1966. person
associatedWith Stanford University. President's Office. corporateBody
correspondedWith Storey, W. B. (William B.) person
associatedWith Storey, William B. person
correspondedWith Suzzallo, Henry, 1875-1933 person
correspondedWith Taft, William H. (William Howard), 1857-1930 person
associatedWith Thomson, Elihu, 1853-1937. person
associatedWith Todd, David P. (David Peck), 1855-1939. person
associatedWith United States. Bureau of Standards. corporateBody
associatedWith U.S. Coast and Geodetic Survey. corporateBody
associatedWith Vincent, John Martin, 1857-1939. person
correspondedWith Washington, Booker T., 1856-1915 person
correspondedWith Wendell family. family
associatedWith Wilson, Woodrow, 1856-1924. person
correspondedWith Wister, Owen, 1860-1938 person
Place Name Admin Code Country
Massachusetts
United States
California
California--Santa Barbara
United States
Subject
Disaster relief--California
Earthquakes
Astronomy
Education
Disaster relief
Religious literature
Endowments
Education--Societies, etc
Medicine--Study and teaching
Rivers
Science
Earthquakes--California--Santa Barbara
Rivers--Massachusetts
Occupation
Educators
Astronomers
Public officials
Activity

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Birth 1857-04-16

Death 1939-08-28

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