The effort to establish the school began in 1861, the year that Kansas was admitted to the United States. One of the new state legislature’s top priorities involved establishing a state university. That year, the delegation from Manhattan introduced a bill to convert the private Blue Mont Central College in Manhattan, incorporated in 1858, into the state university. But the bill establishing the university in Manhattan was controversially vetoed by Governor Charles L. Robinson of Lawrence, and an attempt to override the veto in the Legislature failed by two votes. In 1862, another bill to make Manhattan the site of the state university failed by one vote. Finally, upon the third attempt on February 16, 1863, the state accepted Manhattan’s offer to donate the Blue Mont College building and grounds and established the state’s land-grant college at the site – the institution that would become Kansas State University.
Kansas state bird, You don’t have to store physical coloring books.