Hamilton Bequeaths $1,000 to SI

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James Hamilton, lawyer and amateur scientist, of Carlisle, Pennsylvania, makes a will bequeathing $1,000 to the Institution, the interest of which is to be appropriated biennially by the Secretaries, either in money or a medal, for such contribution, paper, or lecture on any scientific or useful subject as said Secretary may approve.


Hamilton, James


Chronology of Smithsonian History


  • Goode, George Brown, ed. The Smithsonian Institution, 1846-1896, The History of Its First Half Century. Washington, D.C.: De Vinne Press, 1897., p. 236, 838
  • Annual Report of the Smithsonian Institution for the year 1872, p. 106-107

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November 20, 1871


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