Lately I've been wondering why the UW has a prominently located Abe Lincoln statue. It seemed to be misplaced one state too north. There were only two connections I could think of, the land grant act Lincoln signed which helped to establish universities--but why Madison in particular out of a bunch of universities--or Old Abe the Wisconsin eagle from the Civil War--indirect and rather obscure. But this article solves that puzzle.
I was also wondering if the Bascom Hill Abe Lincoln happened to be connected to the sculptures down here in Lincolnland. This one is very prominent on campus. Its image is also on the ID cards.
Turns out: no, different sculptors. Taft did Illinois and Weinman did the Lincoln.
Also, I noticed the land grant article mentions: New York carefully selected valuable timber land in Wisconsin to fund Cornell University