Rush, Richard (08/29/1780-07/30/1859)

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  • Occupation: Statesman, diplomat
  • Number of Terms: 2
  • Committees/Roles: Rush played a significant role in the founding of the Institution. In 1836, he was sent to England to represent the United States in the Chancery Court lawsuit to secure the James Smithson bequest for the United States, and was awarded the bequest in 1838. He remained active in the affairs of the new Institution until his death. Permanent Committees: Elected to the Committee on Libraries on 09/08/1846. Ad Hoc Committees: Elected to the committee to work with the secretary in preparing a list of books to be purchased on 12/04/1846. He was nominated as an honorary member on 12/17/1847.


  • Rush, Richard 1780-1859
  • Board of Regents
  • Citizen Regent
  • Great Britain Court of Chancery
  • Smithsonian Institution Libraries (SIL)
  • Board of Regents Committee on Libraries
  • Board of Regents Ad hoc committees


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Short Legal Citation

  • 9 Stat. 115 (1846), J. Res. No. 23
  • 11 Stat. 253 (1857), Res. No. 6


American National Biography. 24 volumes. Edited by John A. Garraty and Mark C. Carnes. New York: Oxford University Press, 1999; Dictionary of American Biography. Volumes 1-20. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1928-1936; Who Was Who in America. A component volume of "Who's Who in American History." Historical Volume, 1607-1896. Revised Edition. Chicago: Marquis Who's Who, 1967.

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Regent Tenure: 08/10/1846-07/30/1859


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