What did Alexander Graham Bell know about the dead body in the Castle?

In 1903, Alexander Graham Bell, the inventor of the telephone and a former Smithsonian board member, brought James Smithson’s remains from Italy to Washington, D.C. Today, Smithson, who never set foot in the United States while he was alive, is entombed in a marble crypt in the Smithsonian Castle.

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Posted: 7 January 2013
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Alex di Giovanni has been editing The Torch since August 2006. Prior to joining the Smithsonian, she worked as a writer and editor for the National Geographic Society, Plexus Scientific, The Nature Conservancy, The National Foreign Language Center and St. Martin’s Press, among others. She has the best job in the world.