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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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