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Jun 27 Tomb of James Smithson in Italy

Jun 27 James Smithson Dies in Genoa, Italy

 

Jun 27 James Smithson Dies in Genoa, Italy

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Year: 
1829
Month: 
june
Day: 
27
Date: 
Sat, 1829-06-27

James Smithson, the Smithsonian's founding donor, dies in Genoa, Italy. He is buried in the Protestant cemetery, about a mile west of Genoa, on a high elevation overlooking the town of Sampierdarena. His will provides for the creation of an institution for "the increase and diffusion of knowledge."