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4 > Image 4 of Catalogue of the State College of Kentucky, Volume 3 (1892-1893)

Part of University of Kentucky course catalogs, 1865-

/NTRODUCTO/QV. . if 4 5 " . . sf U?) GRICULTURAL and Mechanical Colleges in _ l{ the United States owe their origin to an act of ;,,, 4,;i` Congress entitled "An act donating publiclands W i to the several States and Territories which may provide colleges for the benefit of agriculture and the me- chanics arts;" approved july 2, 1862. The amount of land donated was 3,0,000 acres for each Representative in the National Congress. Under this allotment Kentucky re- ceived 33,0,000 acres. Several years elapsed before the Commonwealth established an Agricultural and Mechan- ical College under the act. Whe11?established it was not placed upon an independent basis, but was made one of i the Colleges of Kentucky University, to which Institution the annual interest of the proceeds of the Congressional l x land grant was to be given for the purpose of carrying on its operations. The land-scrip had meanwhile been sold for iifty cents per acre, and the amount received$165,- o0oinvested in six per cent. Kentucky State bonds, of which the State became custodian in trust for the College. The connection with Kentucky University continued _ till 1878, when the act of 1865, making it one of the Col- leges of said University, was repealed, and a Commission ` ` was appointed to recommend to the Legislature of 1870- 80 a plan of organization for an institution, including an Agricultural and Mechanical College, such as the necessi- . ties of the Commonwealth require. The city of Lexing- ton offered to the Commission (which was also authorized to recommend to the General Assembly the place, which, all things considered, offered the best and greatest induce- ments for the future and permanent location of the Col- lege) the City Park, containing fifty-two acres of land, . ..., ra. r V