An Act to provide for the support of the Military Academy of the United States for the year eighteen hundred and thirty-eight, and for other purposes

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Section 6 provides that all money arising from the bequest of James Smithson shall be invested in State stocks and the annual interest accruing shall be invested for the benefit of the Smithsonian Institution.


Smithson, James 1765-1829


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  • 5 Stat. 264
  • Title 20, Education
  • Public Law

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Statutes at Large

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05 Stat. 264 (1838); ch. 169 (Book)

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


  • 1856
  • 07/07/1838


  • Smithson Bequest
  • Investments


Public Law

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Number of pages: 2; Page Numbers: 264, 267

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