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The Stranger & the Statesman: James Smithson, John Quincy Adams, and the Making of America's Greatest Museum: The Smithsonian

By: Burleigh, Nina

Price: $7.00

Publisher: Perennial: 2004

Edition: 1st Printing

Seller ID: 2206032

Condition: Near Fine


1st printing. A nice copy. 2004 Trade Paperback. 298 pp. In her illuminating and dramatic biography The Stranger and the Statesman, Nina Burleigh reveals a little-known slice of social and intellectual history in the life and times of the man responsible for the creation of the United States' principal cultural institution, the Smithsonian.It was one of the nineteenth century's greatest philanthropic gifts -- and one of its most puzzling mysteries. In 1829, a wealthy English naturalist named James Smithson left his library, mineral collection, and entire fortune to the United States of Americ... View more info