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3 > Image 3 of Annual Report, Volume 3 (1879-1880)

Part of University of Kentucky course catalogs, 1865-

V, I INTRODUCTORY. 3 Agricultural and Mechanical Colleges in the United States owe their origin to an act of Con- C gress, entitled An act donating public lands to the several States and Territories which may proe vide colleges for the benefit of agriculture and the mechanic arts, approved July 2, 1862. The amount of land donated was 30,000 acres dor each Representative in the National Congress Under this allotment, Kentucky received 550,000 acres. Several years elapsed before the Commonwealth es- tablished an Agricultural and Mechanical College under the act. When established, it was not placed upon an independent basis, but made one of the Colleges of .Kentucky University, to which in stitution the annual interest of the proceeds of the Congressional land grant were to be given for the purpose of carrying on its operations. The land scrip had meanwhile been sold for fifty cent . per acre, and the amount received - $165,000 invested in six per cent. Kentucky State bonds, o which the State became the custodian in trust fox the College. The connection with Kentucky University conti ued till 1878, when the act of 1865, making it on of the Colleges of said University, was repealed, , and a commission appointed to recommend to the Le islature of 1879-'80 a plan of organization for a Agricultural and Mechanical College such as the necessities of the Commonwealth require. The city of Lexington offered to the Commission , whi was also authorized to recommend to the General A sembly the place, which, all things considered, o fered the best and greatest inducements for the future and permanent location of the College, the City Park, containing fiftytwo acres of land, within the limits of the city, and thirty thousan dollars in city bonds for the erection of buildin This offer the county of Fayette supplemented by twenty thousand dollars in county bonds, to be us either for the erection of buildings or for the purchase of land. The offer s of the city of