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An Act to Incorporate the Columbia Female College.

December 21, 1854

The Statutes at Large of South Carolina, Volume XII, Pages 290-291.

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 Andrew Wallace, James S. Guignard, John Bryce, Robert Bryce, W. W. Walker, Thomas H. Wade, S. S. McCully, Dr. Alexander N. Talley, Dr. John W. Parker, Dr. John H. Boatwright, William Glaze, John Veal, W. B. Johnston, Dr. Whitefoord Smith, Nicholas Talley, William Martin, William Crook, William H. Fleming, Hilliard C. Parsons, John T. Wightman, Colin Murchison, John A. Porter, Claudius H. Pritchard, Dr. Joseph Cross, Samuel Leard and Dr. Robert J. Boyd, 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 the Columbia Female College, for the purpose of organizing, establishing, governing and conducting a seminary of learning in the town of Columbia, in the State of South Carolina; and that the said body politic and corporate, by the said name of the Trustees of the Columbia Female 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 all such by-laws and rules as they may deem necessary and proper for the regulation, government and conduct of said seminary of learning: 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 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, 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 and during the term of the preceding fiscal year.

IV. 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 or be occasioned by death, resignation or otherwise: Provided, That said Board of Trustees may fill any vacancy occurring by death or otherwise; which appointment so made shall continue of force until an appointment or election shall be made to fill such vacancy by the said South Carolina Annual Conference at a regular meeting thereof.

In the Senate House, the twenty-first day of December, in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and fifty-four, and in the seventy-ninth 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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