Benjamin Tappan

ID: 2002-32256

Creator: Unknown

Form/Genre: Engraving

Date: c. 1840s?

Citation: Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 95, Box 22, Folder: 48

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Benjamin Tappan (1773-1857) engraving by P.H. Reason from a daguerreotype by Edwards. Tappan was a member of the United States Senate while the legislation founding the Smithsonian was being debated. He introduced bills to found the Institution which included an experimental farm and botanical gardens. On December 12, 1844 Senator Benjamin Tappan of Ohio introduces a bill to establish the Smithsonian Institution. It emphasizes the useful sciences of natural history, chemistry, geology, astronomy and especially, agricultural experiments. The bill provides for the creation of professorships and lecturers, whose duties feature the productive and liberal arts, especially improvements in agriculture, horticulture and rural economy. Final legislation is not passed until August 10, 1846.


  • Tappan, Benjamin
  • United States Congress Senate


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Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 95, Box 22, Folder: 48

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c. 1840s?

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Color: Black and White; Size: 4x6; Type of Image: Bust; Medium: Engraving

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