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An Act to Incorporate Trustees of the Reidville High Schools.

December 21, 1857

The Statutes at Large of South Carolina, Volume XII, Pages 529-530.

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 the persons hereinafter named, and their successors in office, be, and they are hereby, entitled and declared to be a body corporate, by the name and style of the Trustees of the Reidville High Schools, with all the powers and liabilities in law and equity pertaining and incident to bodies corporate; and, among others, that they be capable and liable, in law and equity, to sue and be sued, plead and be impleaded, to adopt and use a common seal, and to change the same at will, to make and, from time to time, to change or modify such rules and by-laws, not inconsistent with the Constitution and laws of this State, or with that of the United States, as they may deem necessary or expedient for the government and regulation of their own body, or of such schools, male and female, as they shall establish or take under their charge; to appoint, from time to time, such oflicers as they may deem proper for the organization of the corporation, and conducting its corporate business, and to elect or appoint such professors, tutors, instructors or other officers as they may desire for said schools, and that they may be capable of holding and managing in trust for said schools, such estate, real, personal and mixed, choses in action and other property, of whatever description, as may now belong to them, or as may hereafter be assigned or conveyed to them by will, deed or otherwise, or as may have vested or may vest in them.

II. That the said Trustees be limited to thirty in number, all resident in this State, and free white male citizens thereof, of or over the age of twenty-one years; and that at least twenty, or two-thirds of their number, must be members in full communion in the Presbyterian Church in the United States of America, (that is to say, in the Presbyterian Church now in connection with the General Assembly, commonly known and denominated as the Old School General Assembly,) or its regular successor, having spiritual jurisdiction and cognizance for said church, according to its organization and polity, of the section of country in which said schools are located.

III. That said Trustees be divided into three classes of ten each; the original members of the first of which classes shall serve until the first annual meeting, at or near Reidville, of the Trustees, ensuing the passage of this Act, (which annual meeting, at or near Reidville, with the times of succeeding annual meetings, the Board of Trustees is hereby authorized to fix and vary as they may deem expedient,) and until their successors shall be appointed by said Board; the second class shall serve until the second annual meeting, and until their successors shall be appointed, as aforesaid; and the third class shall serve until the third annual meeting, and until their successors shall be appointed, as aforesaid. The successors of each class, respectively, shall serve for three years, and until their own successors shall be appointed, as aforesaid; and in case of any vacancy in either class, occurring from the resignation, removal from the State, death, removal from office, disqualification for office, or otherwise, the Board shall have power at any time to fill such vacancy by appointment, and the new incumbent shall serve out the residue of the time for which the Trustee, in whose place he has been substituted, would have been entitled to serve.

IV. That subject to the foregoing conditions, the following pergsons constitute the original Trustees, and who are hereby incorporated, and to whom this charter is hereby granted, that is to say: First Class: M. P. Wakefield, Dr. John C. Oeland, Dr. B. F. Kilgore, David Anderson, Mark Bennet, Hon. Gabriel Cannon, Rev. David Humphries, Robert Twitty, Gen. N. Nesbit. Second Class: S. N. Evins, Dr. A. L. Moore, Samuel C. Means, John Strobel, A. W. Wakefield, Hon. J. L. Orr, Rev. John B. Adger, D. D., Dr. Samuel Means, Hon. Chancellor Job Johnston, A. C. Jackson. Third Class: Gen. J. W. Miller, L. F. Anderson, John Anderson, Sr., W. P. Barry, William Hoy, Rev. Robert H. Reid, Rev. E. T. Buist, D. D., Rev. John Forrest, D. D., Robert H. Wardlaw, Col. James Farrow.

V. That not less than seven members of said Board, either of the original Trustees or of their successors, shall form a quorum at any meeting, for the transaction of business, but a less number may meet and continue by adjournment until a full quorum may be present.

VI. That the said Board of Trustees have power to award diplomas, or other distinctions, to such pupils as may be graduated in their Female School.

VII. That this Act shall be deemed and taken to be a Public Act, and shall continue of force for twenty-one years.

In the Senate House, the twenty-first day of December, in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and fifty-seven, and in the eighty-second year of the sovereignty and independence of the United States of America.

JAMES CHESNUT, Jr., President of the Senate.
JAMES SIMONS, Speaker of the House of Representatives.

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