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James Macie Changes His Name to Smithson

James Macie Changes His Name to Smithson
Smithson, James
Data Source:
Smithsonian Archives - History Div
February 16, 1801
Macie began using the name Smithson as early as December of 1800 when he signed the Royal Society of London visitor register as James Smithson.
Public Records Office, Great Britain
James Lewis Macie (c. 1765-1829) changes his name to James Smithson. James Lewis Macie/Smithson was the illegitimate son of Elizabeth Hungerford Keate Macie (c. 1732-1800) and Hugh Smithson (1715-1786). After the death of both his parents, Macie changed his name to Smithson to acknowledge publicly who his father was. James Macie/Smithson was the founding donor of the Smithsonian Institution.
Name Changes
Smithson, James 1765-1829, Macie, Elizabeth Hungerford Keate, Smithson, Hugh, Sir 1715-1786
Chronology of Smithsonian History
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James Macie Changes His Name to Smithson, February 16, 1801, Smithsonian Archives - History Div.

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