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5 > Image 5 of Catalogue of the Officers, Studies, and Students of the State College of Kentucky, Lexington, Volume 5 (Session ending 1906 June 7)

Part of University of Kentucky course catalogs, 1865-

.. 74 ' 1 ` THE STATE COLLEGE OF KENTUCKY. . si .. as ; L_ HISTORY. 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University continued till 1878, when the ..130 , act of 1865, making it one of the Colleges of said University, was repealed; . 131 and a commission was appointed to recommend to the Legislature of 1879- ..132 A 80 aplan of organization for an institution, including an Agricultural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 . .-.. . i'