• Creator
  • Mercer, A. S. (Asa Shinn), 1839-1917
  • Description
  • In 1854, territorial governor, Isaac Ingalls Stevens, suggested that a university for Washington Territory be established. The territorial legislature settled on Seattle as the setting for the school in 1858 but it was not until 1861 when appointed commissioners, Methodist minister Reverend Daniel Bagley, John Webster and Edmund Carr looked for a 10-acre site. As president of the commission, Bagley handled many of the land matters for the scho... more
    In 1854, territorial governor, Isaac Ingalls Stevens, suggested that a university for Washington Territory be established. The territorial legislature settled on Seattle as the setting for the school in 1858 but it was not until 1861 when appointed commissioners, Methodist minister Reverend Daniel Bagley, John Webster and Edmund Carr looked for a 10-acre site. As president of the commission, Bagley handled many of the land matters for the school. Arthur A. Denny, Edward Lander and Charlie Terry eventually donated land for the school in downtown Seattle. Situated between 4th Avenue, 6th Avenue, Union Street and Seneca Street, the Territorial University of Washington officially opened on November 4, 1861 with one instructor, Asa Shinn Mercer. In 1862, the Washington territorial legislature incorporated the school and appointed a Board of Regents. Throughout the university's early years, the university consisted not only of college curricula but also preparatory school curricula. The... less
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