The View From the Castle: The time has come for the United States to join the Western World in using the metric system of weights and measures

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Summary

Smithsonian Secretary S. Dillon Ripley discusses the need for the United States to adopt the metric system, which was given legal status by Congress in 1866. Ripley relates the metric system to the importance of U.S. foreign trade.

Subject

United States Congress

Category

Smithsonian Institution History Bibliography

Contained within

Smithsonian Vol. 3, no. 6 (Journal)

Contact information

Institutional History Division, Smithsonian Institution Archives, 600 Maryland Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20024-2520, SIHistory@si.edu

Date

September 1972

Topic

  • Metric system
  • Weights and measures
  • Castle View

Physical description

p. 4

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