If Not a National University…?
"[Inquire of] persons versed in science, and familiar with the subject of public education, for their views as to the mode of disposing of the fund best calculated to meet the intentions of the testator and prove most beneficial to mankind."
Debates over what to do with the Smithson bequest eventually broadened to include more than the notion of a national university.
Ultimately National Institute proponents were defeated by opposition
from within the scientific community, which felt that scientists,
not men of affairs, should control the direction of American science.
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