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Collection Reference Number GLC05926
From Archive Folder Documents Relating to the 1860s 
Title An act donating public lands to the several state & territories, which may provide colleges for the benefit of agriculture & the mechanic arts
Date ca. 1866
Author Lee, Robert E. (Robert Edward) (1807-1870)  
Document Type Land transaction document; Government document
Content Description A copy of the Morril Land Grant act, granting public lands to individual states for the building of agricultural colleges, written by Robert E. Lee. The act, passed in 1862, offered states 30,000 acres of public land per Congressman from that state, to be used as an endowment to build agricultural and mechanical schools. Lee, who following the war became the President of Washington College (now Washington and Lee), was heavily engaged in trying to raise funds to rebuild education in the decimated South. In January of 1866 Lee met with the Committee on Education of the Virginia Legislature in an attempt to raise funds for education. It is likely that this document was written during this period when Lee was heavily involved in raising money for education.
People Lee, Robert E. (Robert Edward) (1807-1870)  
Place written s.l.
Theme Reconstruction; Agriculture; Education; Law
Sub-collection The Gilder Lehrman Collection, 1860-1945
Copyright The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History
Module Civil War, Reconstruction and the Modern Era: 1860-1945