[Congressional Bills 111th Congress]
[From the U.S. Government Printing Office]
[H. Res. 1253 Introduced in House (IH)]

111th CONGRESS
  2d Session
H. RES. 1253

  Commemorating the 200th anniversary of the birth of Vermont Senator 
Justin Smith Morrill, who helped create a national system of land-grant 
                               colleges.


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                    IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

                             April 14, 2010

Mr. Welch submitted the following resolution; which was referred to the 
                   Committee on House Administration

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                               RESOLUTION


 
  Commemorating the 200th anniversary of the birth of Vermont Senator 
Justin Smith Morrill, who helped create a national system of land-grant 
                               colleges.

Whereas Justin Smith Morrill was born on April 14, 1810, in Strafford, Vermont, 
        and was the son of a blacksmith;
Whereas Justin Smith Morrill left school at the age of 15 and was not able to 
        attend college because his family was unable to afford tuition;
Whereas in 1854, Justin Smith Morrill was elected to represent Vermont's Second 
        Congressional District in the House of Representatives, and served a 
        total of six terms as a Representative;
Whereas in 1857, Justin Smith Morrill introduced a bill in the House of 
        Representatives that changed the course of American higher education by 
        creating a national system of land-grant colleges ``to promote the 
        liberal and practical education of the industrial classes'';
Whereas since the enactment of the Act of July 2, 1862 (commonly known as the 
        ``First Morrill Act'' or the ``Land-Grant College Act''; 7 U.S.C. 301 et 
        seq.), more than 23 million students have graduated from the resulting 
        105 land-grant colleges;
Whereas in 1866, Justin Smith Morrill was elected to the United States Senate, 
        an office to which he was re-elected five times;
Whereas the Justin Smith Morrill Homestead was designated a National Historic 
        Landmark by the Secretary of the Interior in 1960, the first site in 
        Vermont so honored;
Whereas in 1969, the Justin Smith Morrill Homestead was donated to the State of 
        Vermont to be open to the public as a Vermont Historic Site; and
Whereas the 200th anniversary of the birth of Justin Smith Morrill is celebrated 
        on April 14, 2010: Now, therefore, be it
    Resolved, That the House of Representatives commemorates the 200th 
anniversary of the birth of Justin Smith Morrill.
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