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Nathaniel Bowditch Society

Nathaniel Bowditch (1773-1838) was a founding member of the East India Marine Society (the progenitor of today’s Peabody Essex Museum) and among the most brilliant mathematicians and astronomers of early America. His book The New American Practical Navigator is considered a classic and is still in use today.


Through his will, Nathaniel Bowditch left many of his personal effects and the then-handsome sum of $1,000 to the East India Marine Society. His planned gift was one of the first such bequests to the Society. Given almost two hundred years ago, it continues to help sustain the museum today — figuratively and literally connecting the past to the future.

Mr. Bowditch’s example is the inspiration for today’s Nathaniel Bowditch Society. The Peabody Essex Museum established the Nathaniel Bowditch Society to recognize and honor individuals and families who support the future of the museum by making a legacy gift such as a bequest or life income gift. Nathaniel Bowditch Society Members meet annually and are invited to all special museum events.

Members of the museum staff and its advisors are available to assist you in achieving your tax, estate planning, and charitable giving objectives. As in all situations involving financial and estate planning, you should consult with your own legal and financial advisors.

For more information please call the Development Office at 978-542-1628, or email us.

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