Thomas Jefferson Papers

Connecticut Legislature: Act to Incorporate the American Geological Soc., 31 May 1819, 31 May 1819


An Act to incorporate The American Geological Society.

Whereas learned societies have been found to promote, preserve, and diffuse, the knowledge of those arts and sciences which are the support of agriculture, manufactures and commerce, and to advance the dignity, virtue, and happiness, of a people:

Therefore, Be it enacted, by the Senate and House of Representatives, in General Assembly convened, that George Gibbs, Benjamin Silliman, Parker Cleaveland, J. W. Webster, Robert Hare, Robert Gilmor, Jun. and their associates, be, and they are hereby constituted, a body politic and corporate, by the name of The American Geological Society, and by that name they and their successors shall and may have perpetual succession; shall be capable of suing and being sued, pleading and being impleaded, in all suits, of what nature soever; may have a common seal, and may alter the same at pleasure; and may also purchase, receive, hold, and convey, any estate, real or personal, provided that the amount thereof shall not exceed sixty thousand dollars.

2d. And be it further enacted, that said American Geological Society may, from time to time, elect a President, and such other officers as they shall find necessary or convenient; may elect additional members, and supply vacancies; that they may make by-laws respecting the number, qualifications, and duties, of their officers and members; respecting the time and manner of holding their meetings, and the number necessary to make a quorum, and all other by-laws which they may deem necessary for the due regulation of said society, not repugnant to the laws of this State, or of the United States; and that the persons above named, or a majority of them, may be authorized to call the first meeting of said society, at such time and place as they shall deem most convenient.

3d. And be it further enacted, that this act, or any part thereof, may be altered, amended, or repealed, by the General Assembly.

Speaker of the House of Representatives.
President of the Senate.

Approved, May 31, 1819.


The foregoing is a true copy of record, examined by

 THOMAS DAY, Secretary.

MHi: Coolidge Collection.

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