Tappan Introduces Bill S.18 to Senate

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Senator Benjamin Tappan of Ohio introduces bill S. 18, a bill to establish the Smithsonian Institution. It emphasizes the useful sciences of natural history, chemistry, geology, astronomy, and especially agricultural experiments. It provides for the creation of professorships and lecturers, whose duties feature the productive and liberal arts, especially improvements in agriculture, horticulture, and rural economy.


  • Tappan, Benjamin
  • 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. 276-280.

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December 12, 1844


  • Smithson Bequest
  • Chemistry
  • Geology
  • Horticulture
  • Lectures and lecturing
  • Natural History
  • Act to establish the "Smithsonian Institution," for the Increase and Diffusion of Knowledge Among Men
  • Agriculture
  • Astronomy
  • Natural history

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