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5 > Image 5 of Catalogue of the Officers, Studies, and Students of the State College of Kentucky, Lexington, Volume 4 (Session ending 1901 June 6 )

Part of University of Kentucky course catalogs, 1865-

- a 72 i THE STATE COLLEGE OF KENTUCKY. 77 l 77 77 HlSl-CRY. 77 GRICULTURAL and Mechanical Colleges in the United States 78 A owe their origin to an act of Congress, entitled M An Act Donating 84 Public Lands to the several States and Territories which may provide 85 Colleges for the benefit of Agriculture and the Mechanic Arts," approved 85 , ]uly z, 1862. The amount of land donated was 30,000 acres for each ` 98 representative in the National Congress. Under this allotment Kentucky 98 I received 33,0,000 acres. Several years elapsed before the Common- 98 ` wealth established an Agricultural and Mechanical College under the _ 99 act, When established it was not placed upon an independent basis, :00 _ but was made one of the Colleges of Kentucky University, to which :01 institution the annual interest of the proceeds of the Congressional land 101 , grant was to be given for the purpose of carrying on its operations. 101 _ The landscrip had meanwhile been sold for fifty cents per acre, and 102 , the amount received-$165,000-invested in six per cent Kentucky 104 State bonds, of which the State became custodian in trust for the 104 College. 104 ` The connection with Kentucky University continued till 1878, when 104 the act of 1865, making it one of the Colleges of said University, was 105 repealed, and a Commission was appointed to recommend to the Legis- 106 latnre of 1879-80 a plan of organization for an institution, including 107 an Agricultural and Mechanical Colleges, such as the necessities of the Commonwealth required. The city of Lexington offered to the Com- mission (which was also authorized to recommend to the General 4 Assembly the place which, all things considered, offered the best and greatest inducements for the future and permanent location of the _ College), the City Park. containing fifty-two acres of land, within the limits of this city, and thirty thousand dollars in city bonds for the erection of buildings. This offer the county of Fayette supplemented by twenty thousand dollars in county bonds, to be used either for the V erection of buildings or for the purchase of land. The offers of the city of Lexington and of the county of Fayette were accepted by the General Assembly. V By the act of incorporation, and the amendments thereto, consti- tuting the charter of the Agricultural and Mechanical College of Kentucky, liberal provision is made for educating, free of tuition, the energetic young men of 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 qual- itied teachers. This College, with the additional departments which will, from time to time, be opened as the means placed at the disposal of the Trustees allow, will, it is hoped, in the not distant future, do a