Death of Smithson's Nephew

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Henry James Hungerford, nephew of James Smithson, dies in Pisa, Italy, unmarried and without heirs. He is the son of Smithson's half-brother, Henry Louis Dickinson. At the time of his death, Hungerford is known as the Baron Henri de la Batut. Only his mother, Madame Marie de la Batut (a.k.a. Mary Ann Coates), is left to contest the claim of the United States to Smithson's bequest. She is satisfied by the granting of a small annuity payable during her own lifetime.


  • de la Batut, Mary Ann
  • Dickinson, Henry Louis 1771-1820
  • Hungerford, Henry James c. 1808-1835
  • Smithson, James 1765-1829


Chronology of Smithsonian History


  • Goode, George Brown, ed. The Smithsonian Institution, 1846-1896, The History of Its First Half Century. Washington, D.C.: De Vinne Press, 1897., p. 25
  • Smithsonian Miscellaneous Collections, vol. 21, no. 330, Article I. "James Smithson and his Bequest", by William J. Rhees. Washington: Smithsonian Institution: 1880. Pp. 68., p. 24

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June 5, 1835


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