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An Act to Incorporate the Wofford College.

December 16, 1851

The Statutes at Large of South Carolina, Volume XII, Pages 90-91.

I. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives, now met and sitting in General Assembly, and by the authority of the same, That Dr. W. M. Wightman, H. A. C. Walker, Whatcoat A. Gamewell, Charles Betts, James Stacy, Tracey R. Walsh, Henry H. Durant, A. M. Shipp, J. Wofford Tucker, Simpson Bobo, Harvey Wofford, E. C. Leitner and Clough Beard, and their successors in office, be, and they are hereby, created and constituted a body politic and corporate, by the name and style of "The Trustees of Wofford College," a seminary of learning, situated in the town of Spartanburg, in the State of South Carolina, and as such, and by the said name of the Trustees of Wofford College, shall be capable and liable, in law and equity, to sue and be sued, to plead and be impleaded, to use a common seal, and to make such by-laws and rules for the regulation and government of said college as they may deem necessary: Provided, Said by-laws and rules be not repugnant to the Constitution and laws of this State or of the United States.

II. That the said Board of Trustees are, and shall be, authorized to appoint such officers as they may think necessary and proper for the organization and government of their own body, and also all the officers, professors, tutors and instructors of and in said college, and to remove the same at pleasure, and to exercise such general control and supervision over the officers, instructors, affairs and government of said college as they may deem advisable.

III. That the said Board of Trustees shall have power and authority to confer and award all such distinctions, honors, licenses and degrees as are usually conferred and awarded in colleges and universities of the United States.

IV. That the said Trustees and their successors shall have and hold all the estate, property and funds now belonging to said college, and all property, funds, money, donations, legacies and devises which may hereafter be granted, conveyed, bequeathed and devised or given to said college, in trust, nevertheless, for the use and benefit of said college. And the said Trustees shall make an annual report to the South Carolina Annual Conference of all moneys received and expended by them for the term of the preceding fiscal year.

V. That the said Trustees shall be appointed or chosen for the term of two years by the "South Carolina Annual Conference," now being part of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South, and until a new election shall be made at the next regular meeting of said Conference, and said Annual Conference shall have power and authority to fill all vacancies in said Board of Trustees which shall occur by death, resignation or otherwise: Provided, That the said Board of Trustees may fill any vacancy occurring by death or otherwise, which appointment, so made, shall continue of force until the next regular meeting of said Conference.

VI. This Act shall be deemed and taken to be a Public Act, and continue in force for the term of twenty-one years, and from thence until the adjournment of the next session of the General Assembly thereafter.

In the Senate House, the sixteenth day of December, in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and fifty-one, and in the seventy-sixth year of the sovereignty and independence of the United States of America.

ROBT. F. W. ALLSTON, President of the Senate.
JAMES SIMONS, Speaker of the House of Representatives.

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