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In 1826, James Smithson, a British scientist,
drew up his last will and testament, naming his nephew as beneficiary.
Smithson stipulated that, should the nephew die without heirs (as he would
in 1835), the estate should go “to the United States of America, to found
at Washington, under the name of the Smithsonian Institution, an establishment
for the increase and diffusion of knowledge among men.”
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The motives behind Smithson’s bequest
remain mysterious. He never traveled to the United States and seems to
have had no correspondence with anyone here. Some have suggested that his
bequest was motivated in part by revenge against the rigidities of British
society, which had denied Smithson, who was illegitimate, the right to
use his father’s name. Others have suggested it reflected his interest
in the Enlightenment ideals of democracy and universal education.
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