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General Court. Act to establish a college in the town of Amherst, 1825
SEE ALSO 51686, 51688, 51704 On an unspecified date in 1825, the General Court had the last word on Amherst College by granting them a charter as a
corporation. There was a long list of names of the new Trustees, of whom there were to be no more than 17, no less than 11, and a quorum was 9. The
Board could elect its own officers and specify their duties, set meeting times, etc. They were to select a College President when necessary,
professors and teaching staff. The College could create a seal and sue and be sued in the name of the Trustees. The Trustees could receive real estate as long
as its income did not exceed $30,000 a year. Rents and other income were to go to the endowment to encourage virtue, piety and learning. No
instructor had to profess a religion and no student could be turned away on the basis of religion. If, in seven years, Williams College wanted to join
Amherst, a committee could work out the details and come to the Legislature for approval. The Legislature could grant or remove powers and could appoint
Overseers or a Board of Visitors. Lastly, the grant of the charter did not mean money would be coming from the government. (Digitized from a microfilm
copy of title originally held by the Massachusetts State Library).
Title:   An act to establish a college in the town of Amherst.
OCLC Number:   1367362068
Available Volumes
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