Lincoln on Education

“Education is the most important subject which we as people can be engaged in.” Lincoln, who had less than one year of formal schooling, characterized education as “an object of vital importance.”

Sangamon Announcement, March 9, 1832

In the Morrill Act of 1862, Lincoln and Congress combined to provide land grants to establish a nationwide network of over seventy state run colleges and universities. His national encouragement of locally-controlled schools and policies succeeded for Lincoln and the United States.


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