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HISTORY OF HILLSDALE COLLEGE

BY HON. JOHN C. PATTERSON, 1883

Towards the accomplishment of this object, sixty thousand dollars have been subscribed, and twenty thousand dollars have actually been paid in, and the undersigned have been appointed by the donors and subscribers to the said funds, a board of trustees, according to the law of the State of Michigan, for the incorporation of institutions of learning, approved February 9th, A. D. 1855. We have therefore organized the said board and agree to adopt the following
CONSTITUTION
Article 1. This institution shall be called Hillsdale College. Art. 2. The college shall be located at Hillsdale, Hillsdale County, State of Michigan. Art. 3. The object of this institution is to furnish to all persons who wish, irrespective of nationality, color, or sex. a literary and scientific education as comprehensive and thorough as is usually pursued in other colleges in this country, and to combine with this, such moral and social instruction as will best develop the minds and improve the hearts of the pupils. Art. 4. The college shall always be under the management and control of thirty-five (35) trustees, who shall be a body corporate and politic, according lo the law aforesaid, elected for the term of five (5) years (with the exception of the first board) in suck manner that the term of office of seven (7) of the number shall expire annually, but they shall continue in office until their successors shall be elected. The first board elected shall be divided by lot into five (5) equal portions, the term of office of the first of which, shall expire on the day of the annual meeting of the board in 1856; the term of office of the second portion shall expire on the day of the annual meeting in 1857; that of the third portion on the day of the annual meeting in 1858; that of the fourth on the day of the annual meeting in 1859; and that of the fifth portion on the day of the annual meeting in 1860.

EARLY MICHIGAN


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