Discovered 1868 Aug. 22 by C. H. F. Peters at Clinton.

Named after the sister of Moses, the Hebrew prophet who led the Israelites out of Egyptian slavery and at Mt. Sinai delivered to them the Law establishing God's covenant with them. (H 14)

The naming of this planet produced a controversy. Edward S. Holden {see planet (2974)} stated: "The name of the asteroid Miriam was chosen in defiance of a rule, and of malice aforethought; so that the discoverer could tell a theological professor, whom he thought to be too pious, that Miriam also was a 'mythological personage'."

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