Rutersville College Act of Incorporation

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    A facimile of the origianl act which established Rutersville College on February 5th, 1840. Signed by David S. Kaufman (Speaker of the Texas House of Representatives) and David G. Burnet (President of the Texas Senate). Page 1 of 2
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    A facimile of the origianl act which established Rutersville College on February 5th, 1840. Signed by David S. Kaufman (Speaker of the Texas House of Representatives) and David G. Burnet (President of the Texas Senate).
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SU root institution chartered February 5th, 1840.


On February 5th, 1840, the Texas Legislature acted to establish and incorporate Rutersville College, the first college in Texas, and one of the root institutions of Southwestern University.

Special Collections hold copies of the charter document, along with lots of other Southwestern and root institution history! 

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