Original College Charter (c. 1861)
An Act To Incorporate Seton Hall
Be it Enacted by the Senate and General Assembly of the State
of New Jersey, that James Roosevelt Bayley, Patrick Moran, Bernard
J. McQuaid, John Mackin, Michael Madden, Henry James Anderson,
Orestes A. Brownson, Edward Thebaud, Jr., Daniel Coghlan, William
Dunn, Dominic Eggert, Michael J. Ledwith and John B. Richmond, and
their successors, being members of the Roman Catholic Church,
shall be and they are hereby constituted a body politic and
corporate by the name of “Seton Hall College,” and by that
name shall have perpetual succession, and may sue, and be sued,
implead and be impleaded, and may purchase and hold property,
whether acquired by purchase, gift or devise, and whether real,
personal or mixed, and may make and have a corporate seal, and the
same break and alter at their pleasure, and shall have all other
rights belonging to similar corporations by the law of this State.
And be it Enacted that the object of said Association be the
advancement of education.
And be it Enacted that the entire management of the affairs and
concerns of the said corporation and all the corporate powers
granted, shall be and are hereby vested in a board of thirteen
trustees, a majority of whom shall always be citizens of this
State, and a majority of the trustees shall constitute the
necessary quorum for the transaction of all business matters
connected with the said institution; the persons named in the
first section to be the first trustees; the Roman Catholic Bishop
of Newark for the time being to be also a trustee ex-officio and
the President of the board.
And be it Enacted that the trustees shall have power from time
to time to enact by-laws, not repugnant to the constitution or
laws of the United States, or of this State, or to this act, for
the regulation and management of the said corporation or college;
to fill up vacancies in the board, and to prescribe the number and
description, the duties and powers of the officers, the manner of
their appointment, and the term of their office: and special
meetings of said trustees may be called by the President, or any
six or more of said trustees, upon ten days’ notice in writing
of the time and place thereof being given or sent to each of said
And be it Enacted that for the purpose of carrying out of the
object declared in the second section of this Act, the said
corporation shall have power from time to time to purchase, have
and hold real and personal estate, and to sell, lease or dispose
of the same.
And be it Enacted that the said corporation shall have and
possess the right and power of conferring the usual academic and
other degrees granted by any other college in state.
And be it Enacted that this act shall take effect immediately.
Approved by the Governor of the State; March 8, 1861.