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    James Smithson Last Will and Testament


    This is a copy of the Last Will and Testament of James Smithson, who founded the Smithsonian Institution (1765-1826).

    • James Smithson was a chemist and mineralogist in the late 1700s.
    • He made numerous excursions throughout Europe to collect mineral and ore samples.
    • He was made a member of the Royal Society of London in 1787 only a year after he graduated from college.
    • His concise one-page Will set up a fund which established the Smithsonian Institution.
    Download Type: Adobe PDF
    Last Updated: 20-October-2021
    SKU: 1189