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4 > Image 4 of Annual Report, Volume 3 (1880-1881)

Part of University of Kentucky course catalogs, 1865-

I INTRODUCTORY. ii i Agricultural and Mechanical Colleges in the C United States owe their origin to an act of Congress, , h, entitled "An act donating public lands to the several , States and Territories which may provide colleges for ff the benefit ofo 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, Kentucky received 330,000 acres. Several years elapsed before the Com- monwealth established an Agricultural and Mechanical College under the act. \rVhen established, it was not placed upon an independent basis, but was made one of the Colleges of Kentucky University, to which institution A the annual interest of the proceeds ofthe Congressional A land grant were to be given for the purpose of carrying _ on its operations. The land scrip had meanwhile been sold for iiftytcents per acre, and the amount received $165,000-lIlVSiZ(l in six per cent. Kentucky State bonds, ot which the State became the custodian in trust for the College. ; The connection with Kentucky University con- { tiuued till 1378, when the act of 1865, making it one of ` { the Colleges of said University, was repealed, and 8i commission was appointed to recommend to the Legisla- ture of 1879-8o a plan of organization for an Agri- , cultural and Mechanical College such as the necessities of the Commonwealth require. The city of Lexington oH`ered to the Commission, which was also authorized to recommend to the General Assembly the place, which, all things considered, oH`ered the best and great- est inducements for the future and permanent location *