The University of Florida officially dates its birth to the founding of the East Florida Seminary in 1853, but the university has really existed in its present form only since 1905. In that year the Florida legislature passed the Buckman Act (named for state Representative Henry H. Buckman, its main author), which consolidated the colleges, seminaries, and institutes receiving state support.
"William Edwards and the Historic University of Florida Campus: A Photographic Essay,"
Florida Historical Quarterly: Vol. 57
, Article 6.
Available at: https://stars.library.ucf.edu/fhq/vol57/iss3/6