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Jun 6 Benjamin Tappan

Jun 6 Congressman Benjamin Tappan Reports Bill to Establish SI

 

Jun 6 Congressman Benjamin Tappan Reports Bill to Establish SI

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Year: 
1844
Month: 
june
Day: 
6
Date: 
Thu, 1844-06-06
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US Congressman Benjamin Tappan of Ohio, from the Joint Library Committee, reports bill S. 188 to establish the Smithsonian Institution. This version provides for a twelve member Board of Managers from different States or Territories to conduct business; construction of a building which will house all objects of natural history received by the government, as well as a library, chemical laboratory, and lecture rooms; appointment of professors to lecture in natural history, chemistry and astronomy, and a professor of agriculture and horticulture to carry out experiments on cultivars new to the country. The bill is passed to a second reading, but does not become law.