Rufus Choate's Speech to the 28th Congress, Sees.. 2, Senate

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Summary

Choate is critical of the bill, arguing that although it is clear that no school, college or university is to be erected with the funds, the proposed institution, by hiring professors and admitting students of the various departments, is essentially a school. He argues that the institution proposed would benefit only those who are located in close proximity to Washington. He is also critical that lectures are confined to physical sciences.

Subject

  • Choate, Rufus, 1799-1859
  • Smithson, James 1765-1829
  • United States Congress

Category

Smithsonian Legal Documents

Legal document information

  • Title 20, Education
  • Congressional Record

Contained within

The Appendix to the Congressional Globe vol XIV (Book)

Contact information

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

Date

  • 1845
  • 01/08/1845

Topic

  • Smithson Bequest
  • Trusts and trustees
  • Act to establish the "Smithsonian Institution," for the Increase and Diffusion of Knowledge Among Men
  • SI, Early History
  • Congressional Debates
  • Libraries
  • Museums
  • Management
  • Mission statements
  • Management--Museums

Form/Genre

Congressional Record

Physical description

Number of pages: 4; Page Numbers: 62-65

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