The Relation of Richard Rush to the Smithsonian Institution

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Adler, the Smithsonian librarian, details the role of Richard Rush in prosecuting the United States suit in the English Chancery Court for the bequest of James Smithson and Rush's subsequent role in ensuring that the Smithsonian Institution was founded.


  • Rush, Richard 1780-1859
  • Smithson, James 1765-1829


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Smithsonian Miscellaneous Collections Vol. 52 (Quarterly Issue, vol. 5)

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