An Act to Establish a College in the County of Berkshire, within this Commonwealth, by the Name of Williams College, Passed June 22, 1793

Be it Enacted by the Senate & House of Representatives in General Court Assembled & by the Authority of the same, that there be Erected & Established in the town of Williamstown in the County of Berkshire, a College, for the purpose of Educating Youth, to be called & known by the name of Williams College, to be under the government & regulation of a Body Politic & Corporate as hereafter in this Act is provided.

And be it further Enacted by the Authority aforesaid, that John Bacon, Esquire, Reverend Daniel Collins, Israel Jones, Woodbridge Little, David Noble, Theodore Sedgwick, Tompson J. Skinner, Esquires, Reverend Seth Swift, Henry Vanscaak, Esquire, Reverend Stephen West, Doctor of Divinity, William Williams & Elijah Williams, Esquires, together with the President of the said College for the time being, to be chosen as in this Act is hereafter directed, be and hereby are created a Body Politic & Corporate, by the name of the President & Trustees of Williams College, & that they & their Successors & such others as shall be duly Elected Members of the said Corporation, shall be & remain a Body Politic & Corporate by that name forever.

And be it further Enacted by the Authority aforesaid, that for the more orderly conducting the business of the said Corporation the President & Trustees shall have full power & authority, from time to time, as they shall determine, to elect a Vice President & Secretary of the said Corporation & to declare the tenures & duties of their respective offices, & also to remove any Trustee from the same Corporation when, in their judgment, he shall be rendered incapable, by Age or otherwise, of discharging the duties of his office or shall neglect or refuse to perform the same, & to fill up all vacancies in the said Corporation, by electing such persons for trustees as they shall judge best. Provided nevertheless , that the number of the said Trustees, including the President of the said College for the time being, shall never be greater than Seventeen, nor less than Eleven.