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The Patent Office assembles an "Advisory Board for Agriculture" in Washington D.C.

United States Patent Office, circa 1846
01/03/1859 to 01/11/1859
In its continuing attempt to set up a Board of Agriculture on the British model, the Patent Office assembled agriculturalists from all over the country to meet in Washington, DC under the title of "Advisory Board for Agriculture."  The group met for eight days but Congress refused to appropriate funds and the Board disbanded with a motion that "Congress should by law provide for the enlightenment of the people by encouraging scientific and practical education in agriculture, and in the establishment of colleges and schools." Abraham Lincoln appointed the first Commissioner of Agriculture under the Patent Office in July, 1862. (By John Osborne)
Source Citation: 
William J. Darby, "Contributions of Atwater and USDA and Knowledge of Nutrient Requirements," Journal of Nutrition 124 (1994): 1734S.
The American Almanac and Repository of Useful Knowledge for the Year 1860 (Boston: Crosby, Nichols, and Company, 1860), 386.

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