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A special meeting of the Council of Hope College was held to deal with several matters. A major decision was "that Hope College be raised to a University & that the corporate name & style of our Institution be changed from that of Hope College to Hope Haven University. "Pres. Phelps would then resign and be reappointed as president of Hope Haven University. It was reported that a farm had been purchased for the establishment of a Scientific Department. A goodly number of persons were present at this meeting. Pres. Phelps was in the chair. Other attendees were Rev. Seine Bolks [Zeeland, Michigan], Rev. James Demarest Jr. [Chicago, Illinois], Rev. John S. Joralmon [Fairview, Illinois], Rev. Edward P. Livingston [Bushnell, Illinois], Rev. Peter J. Oggel [Hope College], Rev. Roelof Pieters [Holland, Michigan], Rev. Abel T. Stewart [Holland, Michigan], Rev. Cornelius Vander Meulen [Grand Rapids, Michigan], J[acob?], Van Der Meulen [Kalamazoo, Michigan], Dr. Albertus C. Van Raalte, Elders Dr. Bernardus Ledeboer [Holland, Michigan], and [Hessel?] Yntema [Zeeland, Michigan].
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Stewart, Abel T., "A Special Meeting of the Council of Hope College" (1867). Van Raalte Papers: 1860-1869. 444.