Born in Strafford (pop. 1,045) the son of a blacksmith, U.S. representative and later senator Justin Morrill (1810-1898) established land grant colleges-the forerunners of many state universities. He sponsored the Land-Grant College Act of 1862, providing public lands for agricultural schools.
U.S. Rep. and Sen. Justin Morrill
TriviaBy American Profile on January 6, 2002
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