THIS DAY IN VIRGINIA HISTORY
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July 27, 1818
Central College Deeded Land and Property for the University of Virginia
This deed from Nelson Barksdale, proctor of Central College near Charlottesville, was an enclosure in a letter from Thomas Jefferson (1743–1826) to Linn Banks (1784–1842), the Speaker of the House of Delegates, transmitting the findings of a commission to establish the University of Virginia that the General Assembly had requested. The commissioners, Thomas Jefferson, Creed Taylor (1766–1836), James Madison (1751–1836), William H. Cabell (1772–1853), and several others, chose Central College in Albemarle County as the most convenient site for the university and obtained the deed.