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150 years ago, the Morrill Land Grant Act paved the way for Cornell – Cornell Alumni Magazine

Cornell Alumni Magazine - Prologue

“Cornell University was chartered in 1865 and opened its doors in 1868, but the law that was vital in allowing it to come into being is celebrating its sesquicentennial this year. It had a long and difficult birth.

In 1857, proponents introduced the Morrill Land Grant Act in Congress, only to have it opposed by states’ rights advocates who stalled its passage until 1859. President James Buchanan then vetoed the act on the grounds that the federal government had never supported education—and in a time of economic weakness, putting so much land on the market might depress prices even more.”

via Cornell Alumni Magazine – Prologue.