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3 > Image 3 of Annual Register of the State College of Kentucky, Volume 3 (1881-1882)

Part of University of Kentucky course catalogs, 1865-

INTRODUCTORY. Agricultural and Mechanical Colleges in the United States owe their origin to an act of Congress, entitled "An act do- nating public lands to the several States and Territories . which may provide colleges for the benefit of agriculture and the mechanic arts," approved july 2, 1862. The amount of land donated was 30,000 acres for each Representative in the National Congress. Under this allotment Kdintucky received 330,000 acres. Several years elapsed before the ~ Commonwealth established an Agricultural and Mechanical College under the act. \Vhen established, it was not placed upon an independent basis, but was made one of the Col- leges of Kentucky University, to which Institution the annual interest of the proceeds of the Congressional land V grant were to be given for the purpose of carrying on its / operations. The land scrip had meanwhile been sold for i fifty cents per acre, and the amount received5I65,000 inve_sted in six per cent. Kentucky State bonds, of which the State became the custodian in trust for the College. ` The connection with Kentucky University continued till , 1878, when the act of t865, making it one of the Colleges of'said University, was repealed, and a Commission was p appointed to recommend to the Legislature of I87g'80 a ' plan of organization for an Agricultural and Mechanical A College such as the necessities of the Commonwealth re- quire. The city of Lexington offered to the Commission (which was also authorized to recommend to the General Assembly the place, which, all things considered, offered 'V the best and greatest inducements for the future and perma- nent location of the College) the City Park, containing fifty- , 1;. two acres of land, within the limits of the city, and thirty 2 .5