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` THE STATE COLLEGE OF KENTUCKY.
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90 GRICULTURAL and Mechanical Colleges in the United States owe
91 j A their origin to an act of Congress entitled Au Act Donating Public I
" 95 i Lands to the several States and Territories which may provide Colleges for `
" 95 ` the benefit of Agriculture and the Mechanic Arts," approved july 2, 1862. i_
" 95 3 The amount of land donated was 30,000 acres for each representative in the 'K
' 95 1 National Congress. Under this allotment Kentucky received 330,000 acres. ,
.. 96 Several years elapsed before the Commonwealth established an Agricultural
..109 and Mechanical College under this act. \\/hen established it was not placed
..110 upon an independent basis, but was made one of the Colleges of Kentucky
..110 . University, to which institution the annual interest of the proceeds of the
..128 _ Congressional land grant was to be given for the purpose of carrying on its
.,129 1 operations. The land-scrip had meanwhile been sold for fifty cents per acre,
..129 _ and the amount received-$165,000invested in six per cent. Kentucky State
..129 Q bonds, of which the State become custodian in trust for the College.
..130 The connection with Kentucky University continued till 1878, when the
..130 , act of 1865, making it one of the Colleges of said University, was repealed;
. 131 and a commission was appointed to recommend to the Legislature of 1879-
..132 A 80 aplan of organization for an institution, including an Agricultural and
. 132 A Mechanical College, such as the necessities of the Commonwealth required,
..132) V The city of Lexington offered to the Commission (which was also author- .
_ ized to recommend to the General Assembly the place which, all things
B5 p considered, offered the best and greatest inducements for the future and
_ permanent location of the College.) the City Park, containing fifty-two acres ' i,
1, of land within the limits of the city, and thirty thousand dollars of city bonds
"'mg for the erection of buildings. This offer the county of Fayette supplemented .
''' 135 , by twenty thousand dollars in county bonds, to be used either for the erect-
"`136 ,, ion of buildings or for the purchase of land. The offers of the city of Lex- `
"'139 mgton andthe county of Fayette were accepted by the General Assembly,
"'M0 T By the act of incorporation and the amendments thereto, constituting
p the charter of the Agricultural and Mechanical College of Kentucky, liberal
] provision is made for educating, free of tuition, the energetic young men of
ig the Commonwealth whose means are limited. The Normal Department, for
_ which provision is also made, is intended to aid in building up the Common
School system by furnishing properly qualified teachers. This College, with ,
f the additional departments which shall, from time to time, be opened as the
V means placed at the disposal of the Trustees allow, will, it is hoped, in the A
_` not distant future do a great work in advancing the educational interest of
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