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us: Smithson, James, 1765-1829


  • [James Smithson (1765-1829), founding donor of the Smithsonian Institution, was born in 1765 in France with the name James Lewis Macie. The illegitimate son of Elizabeth Hungerford Keate Macie and Hugh Smithson, 1st Duke of Northumberland, he changed his name as well as his citizenship, becoming a naturalized British citizen around the age of ten. After his parents' death, he became known as James Smithson rather than James Macie. Additional biographical information may be found at] http://siarchives.si.edu/history/exhibits/stories/james-smithson-founder-smithsonian-institution.
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  • Variants

    • us: Macie, James L. (James Lewis), 1765-1829
  • Additional Information

    • Birth Date

        1765
    • Death Date

        18290627
    • Birth Place

        (naf) Paris (France)
    • Death Place

        (naf) Genoa (Italy)
    • Associated Locale

        (naf) France
    • Associated Locale

        (naf) England
    • Associated Locale

        (naf) Italy
    • Has Affiliation

        • Organization: (naf) Pembroke College (University of Oxford)
        • Affiliation Start: 1782
        • Affiliation End: 1786
    • Organization

        (naf) Pembroke College (University of Oxford)
    • Affiliation Start

        1782
    • Affiliation End

        1786
    • Has Affiliation

        • Organization: (naf) Royal Society (Great Britain)
        • Affiliation Start: 1787
    • Organization

        (naf) Royal Society (Great Britain)
    • Affiliation Start

        1787
    • Has Affiliation

        • Organization: (naf) Smithsonian Institution
    • Organization

        (naf) Smithsonian Institution
    • Gender

        male
    • Associated Language

        eng
  • Sources

    • found: Langley, S. P. James Smithson, 1904.
    • found: WBIS, July 2, 2013 (born 1765, died June 27, 1829)
    • found: James Smithson letter to Davies Gilbert, Paris, France, 1792 May 9 (James L. Macie)
    • found: Wikipedia, viewed on November 21, 2013 (James Smithson; illegitimate child of the 1st Duke of Northumberland, and was born secretly in Paris, as James Lewis Macie; attended Pembroke College (University of Oxford) from 1782 to 1786, graduating with a Master of Arts; British chemist and mineralogist; became a member of the Royal Society in 1787; founding donor of the Smithsonian Institution; died in Genoa, Italy on June 27, 1829) {https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_Smithson}
  • General Notes

    • [James Smithson (1765-1829), founding donor of the Smithsonian Institution, was born in 1765 in France with the name James Lewis Macie. The illegitimate son of Elizabeth Hungerford Keate Macie and Hugh Smithson, 1st Duke of Northumberland, he changed his name as well as his citizenship, becoming a naturalized British citizen around the age of ten. After his parents' death, he became known as James Smithson rather than James Macie. Additional biographical information may be found at] http://siarchives.si.edu/history/exhibits/stories/james-smithson-founder-smithsonian-institution.
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    • 1980-03-10: new
    • 2013-12-03: revised
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