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May 25, 1862

October 19, 2015 - 08:01 -- astrickhouser

President Lincoln establishes the U.S. DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE (USDA) without cabinet level status, and headed by a Commissioner of Agriculture. The USDA is charged to "procure, propogate and distribute among the American people new and valuable seeds and plants."

Saturday, May 24, 1862 - 19:00