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Simeon Bishop Bell

“We Can’t Lose The Medical School”

June 21, 1920

In a special referendum, Rosedale voters approve a $30,000 bond issue, enabling acquisition of today’s KU Medical Center campus site and convincing state legislators to approve $435,000 for a new hospital and other Medical School additions.

A “Stupendous Windfall”

August 24, 1894

Dr. Simeon Bishop Bell, a Wyandotte County physician and real estate speculator, offers KU $75,000 in land and money to build a new hospital and medical college in present-day Kansas City, Kansas.

One Year At A Time

September 8, 1880

The first six students enrolled in KU’s one-year “Preparatory Medical Course” begin classes on Mount Oread.