OSHR 3078 - Senator Justin Smith Morrill Addresses His Land Grant Act (Perk Series Lecture)

  • Noncredit

This course is offered through the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at Colorado State University. You must be a member of Osher to enroll in this course.

Over 70 Land Grant universities, including Colorado State University, have educated millions of Americans over a period of nearly 150 years. This was because of the Land Grant College Acts (1862 and 1890). The man who brought those about was Senator Justin Smith Morrill. Representative Albert Gallatin Riddle said of Morrill, The scheme...was his -- an inspiration of genius… Few men have rendered more important service to the Republic than Justin S. Morrill".

This program will consist of a performance by Guy Kelley who will become Justin Morrill describing the passage of the 1862 Act while touring the country in 1885 in order to promote passage of a bill for annual appropriations and admissions regardless of race. The date will be February 13, 1885 and Senator Justin Smith Morrill will describe the passage of the 1862 Act and the importance of the contemporary supportive legislation.

Noncredit courses do not produce academic credit nor appear on a Colorado State University academic transcript.


Guy J. Kelley

Guy J. Kelley currently teaches at Front Range Community College (Larimer Campus). Guy is a retired associate general counsel for Hewlett- Packard Company. He is a regent emeritus having served on the nine-member

Board of the University of Colorado system from 1993 to 1999, chairing the Board from 1994 to 1995. Guy is on the board of the Friends of the Library, Morgan Library, and Colorado State University (since 1998). He is also a member of the Fort Collins Civil War Roundtable.