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Michigan State Agricultural College

BY PRESIDENT ABBOT

It was not until 1869 that the location of the college was to be considered settled. The president and some other officers of the university strongly advocated making the college a department of the university, and locating it at Ann Arbor.. The Detroit press, and most of the newspapers of the southern part of the State freely expressed the same views. In this contest the farmers of the State, however much they might begrudge appropriations in war times, or prophesy that graduates would not go to farming, always objected to uniting the Agricultural College to any other institution. In 1865 (February 24) the executive committee of the State agricultural society petitioned the legislature to remove the college to some more eligible locality. It was met by a counter memorial of Hon. H. G. Wells, of Kalamazoo, remonstrating against the removal. (1865, House Doc. No. 11. ) In 1859, a bill, turning the college over to the university, was offered as a substitute for an appropriation bill. In 1867, the subject of removal was advocated in the Detroit and in other papers freely. The discussion of the location of the college did not cease until 1869. In that year a carefully prepared bill for the transfer of the college to Ann Arbor, as a department of the university, was introduced into the senate, and came up for action when the house bill appropriating $70. -000 came up for concurrence from the house. On some side issue the bill for the transfer was defeated, and the appropriation bill passed in the senate by the decisive vote of 22 to 8. An editorial in the State Republican, March 18, a Lansing paper, edited by Stephen I). Bingham, under the heading of "End of a Ten Years' Fight, " spoke of the vote as ending forever a fight to destroy an institution, which a democratic majority have provided for in the constitution, and a republican majority have put into active operation.

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