One year, four months and 17 days before Abraham Lincoln addressed a war-weary crowd at the dedication of a cemetery in Gettysburg, the President signed legislation that made an immediate and everlasting impact on the way people experience their lives. The Morrill Act established the land-grant university system and essentially initiated what could be defined as "The Education Revolution" that thrives to this day.
Some of the most highly regarded universities in the nation are land-grant institutions. The University of Florida is proud to be one of them.
The Education Revolution
The Northwest Ordinance is passed, authorizing the sale of public land for support of education, thus establishing the land-grant principle.Learn More ›
The East Florida Seminary in Ocala created in response to public funds being used to support higher education.Learn More ›
The Morrill Act is passed and signed by President Abraham Lincoln, donating public lands to support colleges and providing citizens greater access to higher education.Learn More ›
The Florida Agricultural College at Lake City is established under the Morrill Act.Learn More ›
The Hatch Act is passed, mandating the creation of agricultural experiment stations for scientific research.Learn More ›
The Second Morrill Act is passed, providing funding to institutions for black students.Learn More ›
The Buckman Act consolidates the colleges of the State of Florida.Learn More ›
The University of Florida in Gainesville opens its doors.Learn More ›
The Smith-Lever Act is passed, providing federal support for land-grant institutions to offer educational programs through cooperative extension efforts.Learn More ›
The G.I. Bill is introduced, providing for the higher education of veterans.Learn More ›
The Clarke-McNary Amendment. This authorized USDA to cooperate with land-grant colleges in aiding farmers.Learn More ›
The National Sea Grant College and Program Act, founded by oceanographer, inventor, writer and educator Dr. Athelstan Spilhaus, is signed by President Johnson.Learn More ›
The U.S. Department of Education is established.Learn More ›
The Elementary and Secondary Education Reauthorization Act authorizes land-grant status to tribal colleges, 29 institutions serving primarily Native Americans.Learn More ›
UF celebrates its 150th birthday and is ranked the fourth largest university in the country.Learn More ›
The Morrill Act marks its own sesquicentennial anniversary.