Senate Doc. No. 42, Report from the Committee on the Judiciary

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The report from the Committee on the Judiciary, to whom the President's message to Congress informing them of Smithson's Bequest was referred, summarized the series of events which led to the Bequest, Smithson's will, and Hungerford's recent death and having no children. The report brought up the question of whether Congress is competent to accept the bequest and whether it is proper for it to do so. The Committee concluded yes to both questions.


  • Smithson, James 1765-1829
  • Hungerford, Henry James c. 1808-1835
  • United States Congress


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  • S. Doc No. 24-42, 1936
  • Title 20, Education
  • Report - Congressional

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


  • 1977
  • 01/05/1836


  • Smithson Bequest
  • Trusts and trustees
  • Actions and defenses
  • SI, Early History


Report - Congressional

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Number of pages: 4; Page Numbers: 1-4

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