Baptist Education Society






54th Meeting

Report of the Board

Treasurer Report

The Alumni Association

Necrology for 1870-1

Madison University

Hamilton Theological Seminary

Courses of Study

General Remarks






An informal meeting of the Alumni of Madison University was held in the lecture room of the Baptist Church, Monday, July 31st, 1871, at which Rev. A D. Gillette, D. D., class of '31, was appointed Chairman, and Prof. J. R. Eaton, of Mo., class of '50, Secretary. Prayer by Rev. W. C. Van Meter, of New York. Rev. G. W. Lasher, class of '57, moved that a committee be appointed to draft a Constitution and By-Laws for a more permanent and effective organization of the Alumni. After remarks by the Chairman, Col. Morgan L. Smith, Dr. S. B. Grant, Prof. Andrews, Messrs. Downey, Hadnett, Skinner, Moon and others, the motion was unanimously adopted, and the following were appointed as the committee: Rev. G. W. Lasher, ('57), S. B. Grant, D. D. ('43), Rev. L. P. Hornberger ('65), J. E. Hadnett, Esq. ('54), W. P. Moon, M. D. ('57), Rev. E. B. Palmer, ('60), Prof. N. L. Andrews ('62). The Chairman, Rev. Dr. Gillette, was subsequently added. After prayer by Rev. Ezra Dean ('38), adjourned to meet at the same place on Tuesday, at 1:30 P. M.

A. D. GILLETTE, Chairman.

J. R. EATON, Secretary.

The Alumni met on Tuesday, Aug. 1st, pursuant to adjournment, Rev. Dr. Gillette in the Chair. After prayer by Rev. Mr. Weber, the Committee on Constitution and By-Laws submitted the following




This Society shall be called the Alumni Association of Madison University.



The object of this Association shall be to cultivate fraternal fellowship, and to promote the interests of the University.



1. The members of this Association shall consist of Graduates of the College or Theological Seminary, and such persons as have received Honorary Degrees from this University.

2. Other persons who have spent at least one year in connection with the College or Theological classes may become members upon the recommendation of the Executive Committee by a vote of two-thirds of the members present at any regular meeting.


3. Any person may become an associate member upon the recommendation of the Executive Committee by a vote of two-thirds of the members present at any regular meeting, and shall be entitled to all the privileges of the Association except that of voting.

4. The sum of one dollar shall be paid into the treasury by all persons upon becoming regular or associate members.



The officers of this Association shall consist of a President, four Vice-Presidents, a Secretary, and a Treasurer, who shall be elected annually, and who shall constitute the Executive Committee, three of whom shall be a quorum. The President, Secretary, and Treasurer shall be elected by ballot.


Duties of Officers.

1. The President, or, in his absence, the Vice-Presidents in their order, shall preside at all the meetings of the Association, nominate all committees, unless otherwise ordered, and discharge the other duties usually incumbent upon that officer.

2. The Secretary shall record the proceedings of the Association, and keep a list of the members, in a book provided for the purpose. He shall reside in Hamilton, and shall conduct the correspondence of the Association.

3. The Treasurer shall have charge of all moneys and pay all bills ordered by the Executive Committee, who shall audit his accounts, and he shall report annually to the Association.

4. The duties of the Executive Committee, in addition to those named above, shall be to appoint a Necrologist, who shall report annually, and in connection with the Faculty, they shall fix the time and place of the annual meeting, at which they shall nominate the orator and alternate for the succeeding year, who shall be elected by the Association.



This Constitution may be amended at an annual meeting by a vote of two-thirds of the members present, provided that notice has been given in writing one year previous.



The minutes of this Association, unless otherwise ordered, shall be printed annually with those of the Baptist Education Society of the State of New York, and the Secretary shall send a copy to each member.


It shall be the duty of the Executive Committee, in conjunction with the University Board, to provide for an annual Alumni Dinner.


These By-Laws may be amended at any regular meeting by a vote of two-thirds of the members present.

The foregoing Constitution and By-Laws were taken up and adopted, article by article, except Art. III. of the Constitution, which was referred to a new Committee, consisting of Messrs. W. S. Mikels, E. S. Davis, G. W. Lasher, G. Cooper and A. M. Beebee. Adjourned to meet at the call of the present Chairman.

J. R. EATON, Secretary.

A. D. GILLETTE, Chairman,


The annual meeting of the Society of Alumni and Friends was held in the Baptist church, Tuesday, August 1, 1871, at 7:30 P. M., the President, Rev. A. C. Osborne, D. D., class of '55, in the Chair. After prayer by Rev. H. H Peabody, class of '05, the annual address was delivered by Rev. E. D. Bentley, of Morristown, N. J., class of '57. Subject:-"Roman Catholicism, and what shall we do with it?" A statement being then made of the general desire to supersede this organization by the new Alumni Association, on motion the Society adjourned sine die.

A. C. OSBORNE, President.

N. L. ANDREWS, Secretary.


Immediately after the final adjournment of the "Society of Alumni and Friends," the Alumni Association was called to order by Rev. Dr. Gillette. The Committee on Revision of Art. III. of the Constitution reported the following modified form of section 1: "The members of this Association shall consist of graduates from any one of the courses of study in this College or Theological Seminary, and such persons as have received honorary degrees from this University." It was unanimously adopted, and the remainder of the entire article. The Constitution and By-Laws as a whole were on motion adopted, a resolution proposing to refer to a committee the question of extending the terms of membership to report next year Laving been first laid on the table. On motion, Prof. J. J. Lewis was appointed Treasurer pro tem. for the receiving of initiation fees, which thereupon followed. A committee on the nomination of Vice-Presidents was then appointed, consisting of Rev. E. S. Davis, Rev. E. B. Palmer, and Prof. N. L. Andrews. The Association then proceeded to elect by ballot a President, a Secretary and a Treasurer. This resulted as follows: President, Rev. A. D. Gillette


D. D., class of '31, Brooklyn, N. Y.; Secretary, Prof. N. L. Andrews, class of '62; Treasurer, Prof, J. J. Lewis, class of '64. The Committee on nomination of Vice-Presidents reported the following: Rev. S. B. Grant, D. D., Rev. A. M. Hopper, D. D., Rev. J. C. Ward, Rev. G. W. Lasher. The report was adopted.

The Executive Committee recommended a list of regular and associate members, who were duly elected. On nomination of the Executive Committee, Rev. W. N. Clarke, class of '61, of Newton Centre, Mass., was elected Orator for 1872, and W. A. Lewis, Esq., class of '59, of Jersey City, N. J., Alternate. Resolved, that the Association adjourn to the call of the Executive Committee. Prayer by Rev. R. R. Prentice. Adjourned.

A. D, GILLETTE, President
N. L. ANDREWS, Secretary,

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