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|Named Person:||James Smithson; John Quincy Adams; John Quincy Adams; James Smithson|
|Material Type:||Internet resource|
|Document Type:||Book, Internet Resource|
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|ISBN:||0060002417 9780060002411 0060002425 9780060002428|
|Contents:||1. The Body Snatchers --
2. The Duke and the Widow --
3. Nobody's Child --
4. Choosing Science --
5. Discoveries and Revolutions --
6. The Gift --
7. 105 Sacks of Gold --
8. "A Rattlesnake's Fang" --
9. For the Increase and Diffusion of Knowledge --
10. The Smithson Mystery.
"After Smithson's death, nineteenth-century American politicans were given the task of securing his half-million dollars - the equivalent today of fifty million - and then trying to determine how to increase and diffuse knowledge from the muddy, brawling new city of Washington. Burleigh discloses how Smithson's bequest was nearly lost due to fierce battles among many clashing Americans - Southern slavers, state's rights advocates, nation-builders, corrupt frontiersmen, and Anglophobes who argued over whether a gift from an Englishman should even be accepted. She also reveals the efforts of the unsung heroes, mainly former president John Quincy Adams, whose tireless efforts finally saw Smithson's curious notion realized in 1846, with a castle housing the United States' first and greatest cultural and scientific establishment."--Jacket.