Monday, April 20, 2015

Town of Summerton, S.C. - Chartered Christmas Eve, 1889

The town of Summerton was officially chartered by the South Carolina Legislative Delegation on Christmas Eve, 1889. For those interested in the history of the town, the following is a copy of the original document. 


No. 314.  AN ACT to Incorporate the Town of Summerton, in Clarendon County.

Section 1. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the State of South Carolina, now met and sitting in General Assembly, and by the authority of the same. That all citizens of the United States who now are or hereafter may be inhabitants of the town of Summerton, in Clarendon County, in this State, shall be deemed, and are hereby declared to be, a body politic and corporate ; and that said town shall be known by the name of Summerton, and the limits of said town shall embrace an area of one mile square, the Methodist Church of the white people situate in said town being the centre of said-square.  

Sec. 2. Said town of Summerton shall be vested with all the rights, powers and privileges granted by, and be subject to all the limitations and provisions contained in, an Act entitled “An Act to provide for and regulate the incorporation of towns of less than one thousand inhabitants in this State,” approved December 23, A. D, 1885, that are not inconsistent with this Act. 

Sec. 3. That the election for Intendant and Wardens of said town shall be held on the first Tuesday in March in each year, until otherwise fixed by an ordinance of said town.  

Sec. 4. That for the purpose of the first election for Intendant and Wardens of said town, J. C. Lanham, S. R. Cole and J. J. Ragin be, and they are hereby, appointed managers to conduct said election; and the said managers shall give ten days' public notice of such election by posting same in three conspicuous places in said town, or by publication in some newspaper published therein.  

Sec. 5. That the sale of spirituous or intoxicating liquors be, and the same is hereby, prohibited within the corporate limits of said town.  

Sec. 6. This Act shall be a public Act, and shall continue in force for thirty years from the date of its approval.  

Sec. 7. This Act shall take effect immediately upon its approval.  

Approved December 24th, A. D. 1889.

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