Senate Proceedings, 01/08/1845

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Tappan reads the bill for the establishment of the Smithsonian Institution. Mr. Choate praises Mr. Tappan for introducing the bill because the matter of establishing the Smithsonian Institution was long overdue, however, Choate offers a different view of the form the institution should take. There is some debate and further consideration is postponed.


  • Choate, Rufus, 1799-1859
  • Tappan, Benjamin
  • United States Congress


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See Speech of Rufus Choate in the Appendix to the Globe vol. XIV

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The Congressional Globe, vol. XIV (Book)

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  • 1845
  • 01/08/1845


  • Smithson Bequest
  • Debates and Debating
  • Act to establish the "Smithsonian Institution," for the Increase and Diffusion of Knowledge Among Men
  • SI, Early History
  • Congressional Debates
  • Management
  • Schools
  • Mission statements


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Number of pages: 3; Page Numbers: 105-107

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