June 4, 1868

Columbus, Ohio


To all to whom these Presents shall come, Greeting:


WHEREAS, The Western Military Institute established at Miami City, Montgomery County, Ohio, having complied with the requirements of an act to provide for the organization of Military Institutes, passed April 16th, 1867, as appears by the certificate of Jas. H. Godman, Auditor of State, this day filed in the office of the Governor of Ohio, the said Institute is hereby authorized to confer the usual degrees and honors now conferred by literary, scientific and polytechnic institutions, and generally to enjoy and exercise all the powers and privileges of Colleges in this State.


In testimony whereof, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the Great Seal of the State of Ohio to be affixed, at Columbus, this 4th day of June, in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and sixty-eight, and of the ninety second year of the independence of the United States of America.


R. B. Hayes