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President Buchanan vetoes bill donating public lands to support state colleges

James Buchanan, engraving, circa 1860, detail
02/24/1859
The Congress had passed a bill "donating public lands to the several States and Territories which may provide colleges for the benefit of agriculture and the mechanical arts." President James Buchanan questioned the constitutionality of the effort as well as the effect of such a transfer of public land on future development within the states and delivered a veto message on this day. An act of this type would be passed and signed into law during the next administration. (By John Osborne)
Source Citation: 
Edward Campbell Mason, Albert Bushell Hart, The Veto Power: Its Origin, Development and Function .... (Boston: Ginn & Company, 1891), 62.

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