The first serious effort to promote public
education in Michigan was attempted with passage of a territorial act
providing for "A Catholepistemiad or University of Michigania."
This act was the brainchild of Judge Augustus Woodward. Little came of
the grandiose scheme, except setting forth certain principles that
become the basis for Michigan's system of education. In 1929 the regents
of the University of Michiganwhich was established in 1837adopted 1817 as
the date their school was founded.