A Bill to provide for the management of the Smithson fund

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Mr. Robbins from the Joint Committee on the Smithson Bequest reported the bill which was read and passed to a second reading. The Vice President, Chief Justice, Secretaries of State and Treasury, the Attorney General, the mayor of Washington, three members of the Senate and four members of the House are the trustees of the Smithsonian Institution. The Trustees should appoint a secretary and a treasurer. No part of the fund should be applied to a school of any form. Congress will make appropriations for the Smithsonian institution from the interest on the fund but will retain the power to invest the principle. An astronomical observatory is to be established in Washington.


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


Smithsonian Legal Documents

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  • S. 293
  • Title 20, Education
  • Bill


for other bills relating to the act establishing the Smithsonian Institution see S. 18, S. 259, S. 245, S. 292, H. R. 5, H.R. 863, H.R. 386, H.R. 418, H.R. 1, H.R. 1160, H.R. 1161

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



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