Your vote, Sir?

When Jeremy Bentham, the "Father of Utilitarianism," died, in 1832, he willed his body to the University College Hospital in London. However, it was willed on the condition that his "dear friend Doctor Southwood Smith" would preserve his body in the manner shown in the picture above. In Bentham's own words: "The skeleton he will cause to be put together in such a manner as that the whole figure may be seated in a chair usually occupied by me when living, in the attitude in which I am sitting when engaged in thought in the course of time employed in writing."
For years, Bentham carried around the glass eyes he hoped would go inside his mummified head. While Bentham's head was mummified, it deteriorated rapidly and a wax head was put on his skeleton instead. However, in 1975, student kidnapped Bentham's real head, demanding a £100 ransom for charity. The college eventually paid £10 and Bentham's head was placed at his feet (see picture above).
Bentham also wished for his body to be present at all board meetings, and tradition has it, that when there is a tied vote, Bentham votes favorably for the motion.
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9 comments:

kasper794 said...

That was very interesting. Hope you have a wonderful New Year.

Karen said...

very interesting.

R.E.H. said...

A board meeting with a mummified body present... remind me not to apply for a job there.

And, he gets to vote too? Awesome!

Sandy Kessler said...

FASCINATING, MANY BLESSINGS TO YOU IN THE nEW yEAR !!

satire and theology said...

Imagine having the job cleaning him up and moving him around. Interesting.

This reminds me of the mummified body of Lenin.

Happy New Year.

Russ

40 Forever said...

This one is beyond odd! Happy New Year!

Grillman and Luna said...

Interesting take on the saying "Don't lose your head." Too bad Bentham isn't around to entertain us today. What a cut up.
Bonne Année à tous!

kasper794 said...

I have tagged you for the Resoultion or not Meme

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