150 Years and Counting!
On July 2, 1962 one hundred and fifty years ago, President Abraham Lincoln signed the Morril Act into law (introduced by Justin Smith Morril from Vermont) that established the land grant system. This Act designated money from the sales of granted lands to states for the establishment of universities to educate the working class in engineering and agricultural arts and helped to establish some of the best universities in the world. The University of Florida is the result of this momentus legislation in the midst of a civil war. Here is a brief look at history from the University of Florida Land Grant Page http://landgrant.ufl.edu/