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Spencer Fullerton Baird (//; February 3, 1823 – August 19, 1887) was an American naturalist, ornithologist, ichthyologist, herpetologist, and museum curator. Baird was the first curator to be named at the Smithsonian Institution. He eventually served as assistant Secretary of the Smithsonian from 1850 to 1878, and as Secretary from 1878 until 1887. He was dedicated to expanding the natural history collections of the Smithsonian which he increased from 6,000 specimens in 1850 to over 2 million by the time of his death. He published over 1,000 works during his lifetime.
Spencer Fullerton Baird
|2nd Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution|
|Preceded by||Joseph Henry|
|Succeeded by||Samuel Pierpont Langley|
|Born||February 3, 1823|
Reading, Pennsylvania, U.S.
|Died||August 19, 1887 64) (aged|
Woods Hole, Massachusetts, U.S.
|Resting place||Oak Hill Cemetery|
Washington, D.C., U.S.