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MSU Research History: Oldest Ag School?

1855 – Michigan State University is founded and is considered one of the first institutions in the United States to teach scientific agriculture, though not the oldest. William J. Beal, MSU’s renowned professor of botany, described several older institutions in his book, History of the Michigan Agricultural College, And Biographical Sketches of Trustees and Professors, page 4:

“The first agicultural, industrial and technical school that did actual work in North America was probably the Gardiner Lyceum, established at Gardiner, Maine, in 1821…Farmer’s College, at College Hill, Ohio, six miles from Cincinnati, seems to have been the first American institution bearing the name of college.”

– Photo: Botanical Laboratory in 1885, via MSU Archives and Historical Records.

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