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Bijou Drains 02-10-2020 10:37 AM

Smithsonian was founded with money from an English guy who never visited the US
 
He had no wife or children to leave his money to.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_Smithson

wolfman 02-10-2020 04:38 PM

As I recall The Smithsonian was actually founded with with money that congress apportioned to replace the money he gifted. Because the language behind gifting was so vague they kept dicking around and eventually invested his money in some gold scam and lost it all.

Colibri 02-10-2020 05:00 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Bijou Drains (Post 22130595)
He had no wife or children to leave his money to.

He actually left his money to his nephew, but when his nephew died without heirs six years later the money reverted to the US government.

Although he never visited the US during his lifetime, his remains are there now. He, or rather his tomb, is actually on display at the Smithsonian, where he was re-interred after his death in Italy. (I believe his casket is actually buried below the monument.)


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