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An Act to Incorporate Converse College.

February 25, 1896

Acts and Joint Resolutions of the General Assembly of South Carolina 1896, Pages 314-316.

Whereas the stockholders of the Converse College Company propose, for the better establishment and enlargement of the institution now being run by said company in the city of Spartanburg, known as Converse College, to surrender and donate all of the stock that they severally hold in said company to the college itself; and whereas the donations to the amount of over $100,000 (one hundred thousand dollars) so proposed are to be made on condition that a new corporation, to be known as ''Converse College," shall be incorporated by Act of the Legislature and shall undertake to continue the operation of said institution in perpetuity; therefore,

Section 1. Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of South Carolina, That D. Edgar Converse, John B. Cleveland, Joseph Walker, John H. Montgomery, David R. Duncan, Newton F. Walker, William S. Manning, Wilbur E. Burnett, Albert H. Twichell, John Earle Bomar, H. Arthur Ligon and Benjamin F. Wilson of the city of Spartanburg, in the State of South Carolina, and their successors in office, be, and they are hereby, created and constituted a body politic and corporate, under the name and style of "Converse College," and as such corporation and by the said name of "Converse College" shall have the right to contract and be contracted with, to sue and be sued, to acquire, hold and dispose of, in any manner whatsoever, any and all kinds of property and to lease or mortgage the same; to have and use a common seal, to make such by-laws, rules and regulations as may be thought proper, and generally to have all such rights, powers and privileges as are usually incident to corporations of like nature and as may not be repugnant to the Constitution and laws of this State and of the United States.

Section 2. That the said corporation shall have, and it is hereby given, the power to maintain and operate at the city of Spartanburg, in the State of South Carolina, a high grade college for the liberal education of women, or of both men and women, if it shall be deemed expedient, and for these purposes shall be authorized to do all such acts and make all such contracts as may be proper or necessary.

Section 3. That all the power given said corporation shall be, and they are hereby, lodged in a Board of twelve Trustees, consisting of the persons named in Section 1 of this Act, and such other persons, men or women, as may from time to time be substituted for them or any of them; and the said Trustees and their successors in office shall at all times have the right to remove any of the said Trustees for any cause that may seem to a majority of the whole Board of said college to be sufficient, and to fill by election any and all vacancies on the Board; and shall have power further, if in their judgment it is at any time proper to do so, to increase the number of said Trustees by the election of additional members: Provided, That said Board shall never consist of more than twenty-five members: And provided, further, That not more than one-third of the members of the said Board and not more than half the members of the Faculty of instruction shall ever at one time be members of the same religious denomination. The said Trustees, by their by-laws, may fix the terms for which they and their successors shall hold office, respectively, and may arrange so that said terms shall not all expire at the same time.

Section 4. That there shall be no capital stock of said corporation, and all gifts, grants and donations that have heretofore been or that may be hereafter made to the same shall, if accepted, be held by said corporation under and in accordance with the terms of such gifts, grants or donatious: Provided, That if the said corporation should at any time permanently or designedly cease to maintain and operate at Spartanburg, S.C, an institution for the education of women, or of men and women, or should the said college at any time become a denominational institution by a majority of the Board of Trustees or of the Faculty of instruction in said college being elected permanently or designedly from any one religious denomination, or should the said property at any time be owned or controlled by any one religious denomination, or should the name of said college be ever changed from the name "Converse College," or the site of the same be removed from the city of Spartanburg, then and in those events, or in any or either of them, all such gifts, grants and donations shall revert to the original donors or their heirs or assigns.

Section 5. That the said corporation shall have power and authority to confer and award all such distinctions, honors and degrees as are usually conferred or awarded by any of the colleges or universities in the United States.

Section 6. That this Act shall be deemed and taken to be a Public Act, and shall continue of force from and after its approval.

Approved: February 25th, A.D. 1896.

John Gary Evans, Governor.
W.H. Timmerman, Lt. Governor and President of the Senate.
Frank Boyd Gary, Speaker of the House of Representatives.

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