University of Georgia Chartered
In 1784, the General Assembly set aside 40,000 acres for a state university. Abraham Baldwin wrote and the legislature granted a charter for the institution that became the University of Georgia. The charter was revolutionary: it set up an educational system under secular control and support of the state rather than the church. It was a clarion call for Georgians to meet the responsibilities of independent statehood.
The university that flourishes on the banks of the Oconee stands as a tangible link to the enlightenment and the philosophy that the state is responsible for preparing young people for leadership.
The first university in the nation chartered by a state government began on January 27, 1785, Today in Georgia History.
The choice of a Bulldog as the UGA mascot is usually attributed to the alma mater of its founders and first president, who graduated from Yale University.