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Q: Is it required, or simply a tradition, that land-grant schools have a Morrill Hall? Do most or all land-grant schools have one?

A: A read of the two Morrill acts (1862 and 1890) and their amendments -- the original legislation related to land-grant colleges and universities -- shows no rules about naming a campus building for Sen. Justin Morrill, Vermont, who submitted the proposal to Congress. Colleges and universities that have erected a "Morrill Hall" are believed to have done so simply to honor the man who helped establish the land-grant tradition. It's not known how many of this country's 105 land-grant schools actually have a Morrill Hall.

Source: National Association of State Universities and Land-Grant Colleges

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