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They convinced early founder of Seattle (and member of the territorial legislature), Arthur A. Two universities were initially chartered, but later the decision was repealed in favor of a single university in Lewis County provided that locally donated land was available.
When no site emerged, Denny successfully petitioned the legislature to reconsider Seattle as a location in 1858.
University of Washington Former name Territorial University of Washington (1861–1889) Motto Lux sit (Latin) Motto in English Let there be light Type Public flagship Established 1861 Academic affiliations Endowment .968 billion (2016) President Ana Mari Cauce Academic staff 5,803 Administrative staff 16,174 Students 46,081 (Fall 2016) Undergraduates 31,418 (Fall 2016) Postgraduates 14,663 (Fall 2016) Location Seattle, Washington, U. 47°39′18″N 122°18′29″W / 47.655°N 122.308°W / 47.655; -122.308Coordinates: 47°39′18″N 122°18′29″W / 47.655°N 122.308°W / 47.655; -122.308 Campus Urban, 703 acres (2.8 km2) Colors Purple & Gold Nickname Huskies ("Dawgs") Sporting affiliations NCAA Division I – Pac-12 Mascot Harry the Husky, and Dubs (live Husky) Website University of Washington (commonly referred to as UW, simply Washington, or informally “U-Dub”) is a large, public flagship research university in Seattle, Washington, established in 1861.
The original Territorial University building was torn down in 1908, and its former site now houses the Fairmont Olympic Hotel.
The sole-surviving remnants of Washington's first building are four 24-foot (7.3 m), white, hand-fluted cedar, Ionic columns. Meany, one of the University's first graduates and former head of its history department. Condon, dubbed the columns as "Loyalty," "Industry," "Faith", and "Efficiency", or "LIFE." The columns now stand in the Sylvan Grove Theater.
The plan was later incorporated into the overall campus master plan, permanently affecting the campus layout.
Aerial view of campus, circa 1922 Both World Wars brought the military to campus, with certain facilities temporarily loaned to the federal government.