A Bill providing for the disposition and management of the Smithson fund

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Mr. Adams from the Joint Committee on the Smithsonian Bequest reported the bill which was read twice and committed to the Whole House on the state of the Union. The fund shall be managed by nine trustees. Three trustees shall be appointed by the House, three by the Senate and three by the President and each trustee shall hold office for one year. All expenditures are subject to approval by the President. The trustees are directed to prepare a charter of incorporation and plan for an institution for the increase and diffusion of knowledge.


  • Smithson, James 1765-1829
  • United States Congress


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  • H. R. 1161
  • Title 20, Education
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This bill is identical to S. 292. For other bills relating to the act establishing the Smithsonian Institution see S. 18, S. 259, S. 293, S. 292, S. 245, H. R. 5, H.R. 863, H.R. 386, H.R. 418, H.R. 1, H.R. 1160,

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  • Smithson Bequest
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