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Joseph Henry (1797-1878) was a famous scientist, the first director of the Smithsonian Institution, and a member of the Lighthouse Board. He joined that august body in 1852. He became the chairman in 1871 and held that position, the only civilian to do so, until 1878. He was also known for laying the groundwork for the formation of the U.S. Weather Bureau
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She was first assigned to duty in the 15th Lighthouse District and was based out of Memphis. In January, 1881, she was assigned to the newly created 16th Lighthouse District. She was known during her Lighthouse Service career as the "Joe Henry."
She was condemned in 1900 but still served for four more years when she was sold. Her replacement was the tender Oleander. The Joseph Henry eventually saw service as the passenger vessel Pattona, operating until 1916.
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