Charter Day Celebration


In 1835, Colonel William B. Travis penned a letter to the New York Christian Advocate calling for the establishment of a Methodist presence in the soon-to-be Republic of Texas. Five years later, in 1840, the first of Southwestern’s four root colleges was born from the vision of Methodist missionary Martin Ruter.

The Ladies' Annex, 1887

Southwestern University has a deep history, dating back to the founding of Rutersville College on February 5, 1840 – a day that we now celebrate as our Charter Day. Learn more about the history of Southwestern by visiting these online resources: