The second President of the Republic of Texas, Mirabeau B. Lamar, has been called “the Father of Texas Education.” During his administration, he convinced the Legislature to set aside three leagues of land (a league of land was 4, 605 acres) for each county to equip schools. He also allotted 50 leagues of land for support of two universities, later named Texas A&M University and the University of Texas. Although nothing was implemented during his term, these actions led to the foundation for a statewide public school system.
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