Nov
30

Happy Birthday to James Smithson, International Man of Mystery

Happy Birthday to James Smithson, International Man of Mystery

James Smithson was an indefatigable scholar and scientist, world traveler, chronic gambler and possibly an international spy. But it was his “unshakeable optimism for modernity” that led him to wager his entire fortune on the founding of a great institution in the brand-new United States of America. Continue reading Happy Birthday to James Smithson, International Man of Mystery

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