House Select Committee Appointed to Review Smithson's Bequest

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The House of Representatives appoints a select committee on the James Smithson bequest. John Quincy Adams, Richard W. Habersham, Truman Smith, James R. Underwood, Benjamin Randall, Charles J. Ingersoll, Robert M. T. Hunter, George S. Houston, and Samuel S. Bowne are appointed to said committee.


  • Adams, John Quincy 1767-1848
  • Bowne, Samuel S
  • Habersham, Richard Wylly 1786-1842
  • Houston, George S (George Smith) 1811-1879
  • Hunter, Robert M. T
  • Ingersoll, Charles Jared 1782-1862
  • Randall, Benjamin
  • Underwood, Joseph R (Joseph Rogers) 1791-1876
  • Smith, Truman
  • United States President
  • United States Congress


Chronology of Smithsonian History


Rhees, William Jones. The Smithsonian Institution: Documents Relative to Its Origin and History: 1835-1899, Vol. 1, 1835-1887. Washington, D.C.: Government Printing Office, 1901, p. 225.

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December 10, 1841


  • Smithson Bequest
  • Act to establish the "Smithsonian Institution," for the Increase and Diffusion of Knowledge Among Men

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