Act to Establish a Federal Department of Education, 1867

Many are under the impression that the Department of Education was first created in 1979. That is not true. The first Department of Education was established on March 2, 1867 (14 Stat. 434). However, it did not have a secretary at its helm like other departments (e.g., the Department of War.)  Instead, it had a commissioner.

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3 responses to “Act to Establish a Federal Department of Education, 1867

  1. Pingback: Department of Education Organization Act, 1979 | Federal Education Policy History

  2. Michael C. Farley

    I am trying to determine if a person by the name of T. M. Stinnett was employed in the Education Office of the Federal Government or or about the year 1930. It is my understanding that He was the head of the Education Office around that time. Can you help me?

  3. Wow—good question. (And sorry for the delay in replying.)

    Have you contacted the DOE library?

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