James Smithson Enrolls at Oxford

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James Lewis Macie, Gentleman Commoner, (who later changed his name to James Smithson) enrolls at Pembroke College, Oxford University, at the age of 17.


  • Smithson, James 1765-1829
  • Pembroke College (Oxford University)


Chronology of Smithsonian History


  • Smithson Collection in Smithsonian Institution Archives contains a copy of the student register that James Lewis Macie (later Smithson) signed.
  • Goode, George Brown, ed. The Smithsonian Institution, 1846-1896, The History of Its First Half Century. Washington, D.C.: De Vinne Press, 1897, p. 8-9.
  • Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 7000, Box 5.

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  • Education
  • Education, Higher

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