TRIVIAL PURSUITS: Librarians of Congress

April 9, 2013 - How many Librarians of Congress have there been since the Library of Congress was established in 1800?
By PS

There have been 13, including: 

  • James Hadley Billington (1988-present); 
  • Daniel J. Boorstin (1975-1987); 
  • Lawrence Quincy Mumford (1954-1974); 
  • Luther Evans (1945-1953); 
  • Archibald MacLeish (1939-1944); 
  • Herbert Putnam (1899-1939); 
  • John Russell Young (1897-1899); 
  • Ainsworth Rand Spofford (1864-1897); 
  • John G. Stephenson (1861-1864); 
  • John Silva Meehan (1829-1861); 
  • George Watterston (1815-1829); 
  • Patrick Magruder (1807-1815); and 
  • John James Beckley (1801-1807)  

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