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Officers of the Council of Hope College were elected by ballot. Dr. Albertus C. Van Raalte was elected president; Rev. J. S. Joralmon, vice-president; Rev. Abel T. Stewart, secretary; and Rev. E. C. Oggel, treasurer. Students were examined at this annual meeting of the council. The meeting took place over several days. It was resolved that Samuel B. Schieffelin and his brother, James, be requested to provide "a suitable building" for Hope College.
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Stewart, Abel T., "Meeting Minutes of the Council of Hope College" (1870). Van Raalte Papers: 1870-1879. 12.