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James Smithson Makes His Will

James Smithson Makes His Will
Hungerford, Henry James
Data Source:
Smithsonian Archives - History Div
October 23, 1826
Handwritten draft of will is located in the James Smithson Collection, Record Unit 7000, Box 2, in Smithsonian Institution Archives.
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 7000, Box 2.
Goode, George Brown, ed. The Smithsonian Institution, 1846-1896, The History of Its First Half Century. Washington, D.C.: De Vinne Press, 1897, p. 19-21, 833.
Rhees, William Jones. "James Smithson and his bequest." Annual Report of the Smithsonian Institution for the year 1879. Washington,D.C., 1880,p. 159.
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. 5-6.
James Smithson makes his will while residing in Bentinck Street, Cavendish Square, London. The conditions for the bequest to the United States are: "In the case of the death of my said Nephew [Henry James Hungerford] without leaving a child or children, or the death of the child or children he may have had under the age of twenty-one years or intestate, I then bequeath the whole of my property, . . . to the United States of America, to found at Washington, under the name of the Smithsonian Institution, an Establishment for the increase & diffusion of knowledge among men."
Benefactors, Gifts, Inheritance and succession, Smithson Bequest
Hungerford, Henry James c. 1808-1835, Smithson, James 1765-1829
Chronology of Smithsonian History
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