Gilmer Female College
An Act to Establish and Incorporate a Literary Institution, under
the supervision and control of the Eastern Texas Annual Conference,
located at or near the Town of Gilmer in Upshur County.
Section 1. Be it enacted by the Legislature of the State of Texas, That an Institution of learning be, and the same is established at or near the town of Gilmer in the county of Upshur, to be denominated the Gilmer Female College, under the supervision and control of the Eastern Texas annual conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church South.
Sec. 2. That the following persons have been duly chosen Trustees for said Institution by the said conference, and are organized as such, to- wit: B. F. Williams, Esq., Silas M. Smith, William H. Hart, Esq., R. M. Cade, Thomas C. Gillespie, J. L. Camp, Esq., Walter Paine, I. Derrick, Dr. E. II. Taylor, S. C. Hart, Esq., Dr. George Ford, Dr. F. C. Hallenquist and Thomas D. Brook, Esq
Sec. 3. That the Trustees aforesaid be and they are hereby constituted a body politic and corporate, in deed and in law, and by the name of the President and Trustees of Gilmer Female College, under the supervision and control of the Eastern Texas Annual Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church South, and by that name they and their successors in office, shall and may be capable in law, to have and to receive, to hold and use, all lands, tenements, monies and hereditaments of any kind in fee, or for life, or for years, for the use and benefit of said Eastern Texas Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church South, and also property of any kind whatsover; and also all sums of money whatsoever which may be given, granted or bequeathed to them for the purpose of promoting the interests of said Institution; Provided, the amount of property owned by said corporation, shall not exceed one hundred thousand dollars over and above the buildings, library and apparatus necessary for said Institution.
Sec. 4. That the Trustees of said College shall have a stated meeting of the Board each year, at the time of conferring degrees; and that the President of said Board shall have the power to call an occasional meeting of the Board, whenever it shall appear to him necessary.
Sec. 5. That the Trustees of said College shall have a common seal for the business of themselves and their successors in office, with the liberty to change and alter the same from time to time as they may deem proper, and that they by their aforesaid name, and their successors in office, may and shall be able to sue and be sued, plead and be impleaded in all the courts of law and equity in this State, and by and with the consent of said Eastern Texas Annual Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church South, to grant, bargain, sell or assign any lands, tenements, goods or chattels, now belonging, or that may hereafter belong to said College. To construct all necessary buildings for the same; and to construct a preparatory department, and such other dependent institution as they shall deem necessary, to have the management of the finances the privilege of electing their own officers, of appointing all necessary committees, and act and do all things whatsoever, for the benefit of said College in as ample a manner, as any person, or body politic or corporate can or may do by law.
Sec. 6. That said Trustees shall have the power to frame and enact any such ordinances and by laws as shall appear to them necessary for the good government of said college, and of their own proceedings; Provided, the same be not repugnant to the Constitution and laws of this State.
Sec. 7. That the head of this College be styled the President; the instructors employed in it the Professors, who shall be appointed by the said Eastern Texas Conference. And the President and Professors, or a majority of the Faculty of said College, who shall have power to enforce the ordinances and by-laws adopted by the Trustees of said college, for the government of the students.
Sec. 8. The President and Professors shall have full power by and with the consent of the Board of Trustees of said College, by them thought worthy, as are usually granted or conferred in other Colleges or Seminaries of science, and to give diplomas or certificates of the same, signed by them and sealed with the common seal of the Trustees of said College to authenticate and perpetuate the memory of such graduation.
Sec. 9. That all necessary sub-officers for said College and Board of Trustees, shall be elected by a majority of the Board of Trustees.
Sec. I0. That whenever any vacancy occurs either by death, resignation or otherwise in the Board of Trustees, such vacancy shall be filled by appointment of said conference.
Sec. 11. That whenever a vacancy shall occur in the Presidency or any of the Professorships of said College, the same shall be filled by the conference.
Sec. 12. That the Trustees by and with the consent of the Conference, shall have the power of fixing the salaries of all the officers and instructors connected with the Institution, and of removing any of them for neglect or misconduct in office; a majority of the Board of Trustees concurring in such removal.
Sec. 13. That no misnomer of said College, shall annul or make void in law or equity, any gift, grant or bequest made to the same.
Sec. 14. That the President and Professors of said College, shall not be eligible to act as Trustee or Trustees for the same, and in case any of the Trustees should hereafter be employed to discharge any of the duties of those functionaries, to- wit: Professors of said College, he, or they, shall resign their office as Trustee before entering on the duties assigned him or them.
Sec. 15. That when any law, rule or resolution may be passed by the Board of Trustees at a regular or stated meeting of said Board, it shall not be competent for a call (called) meeting of said board to repeal or rescind such law. rule or resolution, unless there is a full Board present; and that this act shall take effect and be in force from and after its passage.
Approved, 18th January, 1856.
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