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7 > Page 7 of Fiftieth anniversary of the University of Kentucky, 1866-1916 : proceedings of semi-centennial celebration, held in the chapel and on the grounds of institution, Oct. 14, 1916.

OF THE UNIVERSITY OF KENTUCKY a period of service never equalled before. We shall ever thank God for the inspiration of President Patterson's example of devo- tion. The state university is the real builder of the state. Some may think the State of Kentucky is built at Frankfort. Not so. The State of Kentucky is built in the homes, schools and churches scat- tered all over these green hills and plains, stimulated and guided by this university. Having this aim and this work, the state univer- sity must be an institution of, by, and for all the people. It is not an institution of any party, of any class, of any church. It is not the university of the Democratic party, or of the Republican party; it is not the college of the farmers only; it is not the college of the mechanics only; it is certainly not the college of the rich-and I hope it is not the college of the poor exclusively-it is the college of all the people. Richard Rumbold, whom they slew in the time of James II be- cause he was a Democrat, said, in his quaint way, that he never could believe "that God had created a few thousand men already booted and spurred, with millions of other men already saddled and bridled for these few to ride." This is the essence of democracy. Thomas Jefferson was cur Rumbold in the field of education. He did not be- lieve that only a few men were born with talents to be developed and that the rest of mankind was to be left to be driven by the few. He therefore estahbished the first university of, by and for the people in the world. The characteristic of the state university is that it democratizes education-puts the highest education in the reach of all fit to take it. It places the democracy of the mind on the same basis as the democracy of tile man. The attitude of the various types of universities toward the schools is the significant thing. The democracy begins with the free schools and educates its citizens from below upward through high schools and colleges, lifting all up in proportion to their abili- ties and sending as many of the fit as possible to the university to be made leaders of thought and action. The democratic system of education gives every man the freest opportunity to become in the fullest measure all for which nature fitted him. It produces, thus, not a series of tyipe men, molded to fit particular places, but a world of freely developed beings, strong to do the work for which their Creator made them. This system produces not a few classes of good workers, like the monarchial plan, but a great variety of strong men and women, possessing a diversity of potentiality. Democracy gives a chance to the poor as well as to the rich boy and demands of each that he be the best and do the best he can. It aims, thus, not to