Senate Proceedings, 01/21/1845

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Tappan presents his bill for the establishment of the Smithsonian. Mr. Woodbury suggests that instead of a Board of Managers, the members of the National Institute for the Promotion of Science act as managers for the Smithsonian. There is some debate over this issue. Some worry that making members of the National Institute executives will result in Congress losing control over the trust fund. Others express concerns about the National Institute itself, expressing distaste for anything that proposes to be national in character.


  • Tappan, Benjamin
  • Choate, Rufus, 1799-1859
  • Woodbury, Levi
  • Buchanan, James
  • Allen, William
  • Van Buren, Martin 1782-1862
  • United States Congress
  • National Institute for the Promotion of Science
  • Board of Regents
  • National Institute


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  • Title 20, Education
  • Congressional record


for bills relating to the act establishing the Smithsonian Institution see S. 18, S. 245, S. 293, S. 292, H. R. 5, H.R. 863, H.R. 259, H.R. 418, H.R. 1, H.R. 1160, H.R. 1161, especially versions of H.R. and S. 18

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The Congressional Globe, vol. XIV (Book)

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  • 1845
  • 01/21/1845


  • Trusts and trustees
  • Debates and Debating
  • Act to establish the "Smithsonian Institution," for the Increase and Diffusion of Knowledge Among Men
  • Board of Managers
  • SI, Early History
  • Congressional Debates
  • Management


Congressional Record

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Number of pages: 4; Page Numbers: 162-165

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