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Morrill Act

[mawr-il, mor-] /ˈmɔr ɪl, ˈmɒr-/
noun, U.S. History
1.
an act of Congress (1862) granting each state 30,000 acres (12,000 hectares) of land for each member it had in Congress, 90 percent of the gross proceeds of which were to be used for the endowment and maintenance of colleges and universities teaching agricultural and mechanical arts and other subjects.
2.
either of two supplementary acts (1890 and 1907) in which Congress made direct financial grants to assist the land-grant colleges and universities.
Origin of Morrill Act
named after Justin Smith Morrill (1810-98), congressman and senator from Vermont
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  • The Morrill Act of 1862 was the first important step toward the emancipation of agriculture.

    The Stewardship of the Soil John Henry Worst
  • The passage of the Morrill Act in 1862 had a quickening effect on education in engineering and agriculture.

    College Teaching Paul Klapper
  • In our country great wealth was given by the Morrill Act to scientific and technical schools.

    The Principles of Economics Frank A. Fetter

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