Asher Robbins's Speech in the 24th Congress, Sess 3 Senate

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Robbins proposes a resolution to appoint a committee to consider the establishment of the Smithsonian Institution. He appeals to the Senate to pass this resolution by arguing for the educational and moral benefits such an institutional would bring to the country and by discussing the need to emulate European and classical educational institutions.


  • Smithson, James 1765-1829
  • Robbins, Asher 1761-1845
  • United States Congress


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  • 1839
  • 01/10/1839


  • Smithson Bequest
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  • Act to establish the "Smithsonian Institution," for the Increase and Diffusion of Knowledge Among Men
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Number of pages: 2; Page Numbers: 297-298

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