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Part 1. History and Status

Section I. History

The history of Idaho State University began at the turn of the century when the Idaho Legislature established the Academy of Idaho. Senator Theodore F. Turner of Pocatello was a strong proponent of a higher education institution for Eastern Idaho and successfully steered the enabling legislation through the Legislature in 1901. It was Senate Bill 53 that Gov. Frank W. Hunt signed to make the Academy a reality. Generous citizens of Pocatello gave four blocks of land in a residential section of Pocatello for the Academy to be established. Two blocks were donated by Col. J.M. Ingersoll and the remaining portion was donated by O.L. Cleveland, J.F. Kane, D.W. Standrod and J.H. Townsend. At dedication ceremonies in the fall of 1902, four faculty members and 40 students were in attendance.


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