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Michigan State Agricultural College

BY PRESIDENT ABBOT

the raising of stock, etc., could be conducted to the best advantage, and where the operations of draining and the treatment of different soils could be thoroughly exhibited; in fact, a farm which, under the superintendence of practical and scientific masters, should become a model for the farms of our State. There should also be attached a botanical garden, to be under the charge of the professor of botany of the university, in which should be cultivated specimens of the trees, shrubs, and plants indigenous to our State, as well as all plants and weeds, a knowledge of the properties and habits of which is useful to the farmer. " Further action of the executive committee of the State Agricultural Society will appear subsequently.
STATE CONSTITUTION OF 1850
In 1850 a convention was held to form a new constitution for the State. The constitution framed by this convention was adopted. The members of the convention could but feel the influence of the debate, and prevailing sentiment regarding agricultural education. The debates on the subject are briefly epitomized in the report of the Superintendent of Public Instruction for 1852, pages 242, 240 to 253, 258. Section 9 of the constitution provided for an agricultural school, as follows:
CONSTITUTIONAL PROVISIONS
The Agricultural College of the State of Michigan was established in obedience to a requisition of the revised constitution of the State, adopted 15th August, 1850, which requisition may be found in Art. 13: "Sec. 11. The legislature shall encourage the promotion of intellectual, scientific, and agricultural improvement, and shall, as soon as practicable, Provide for the establishment of an agricultural school.

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