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An Act for Establishing an Academy in the County of Duplin.

1801 - Chapter LI

The Laws of North Carolina of 1801 - Pages 27-28

Whereas the good education of Youth has the most direct tendency to promote the virtue, increase the wealth, and extend the same to any people; and as it is the duty of every Legislature to consult the happiness of a rising generation, and endeavor to fit them for an honorable discharge of the social duties of life:

Be it therefore enacted by the General Assembly of the State of North Carolina, and it is hereby enacted by the authority of the same, That an Academy for the instruction of youth be established in the county of Duplin, at a place called and known by the name of the Union Meeting House, in said county, and that William Dickson, William Beck, James Wright, Charles Hooks, Samuel Dunn, and Thomas Kenan, Esquires, be, and they are hereby declared to be a body corporate, to be known by the name of "The Trustees of the Union Academy," and by that name they and their successors (to be elected in manner hereafter directed) shall have perpetual succession, and shall be capable to sue and be sued; they may purchase land or other property, and the same dispose of at pleasure; they may receive donaations or legacies of money, lands or other property; and in short, may do all things which are common and incident to bodies politic and corporate; for the support and maintenance of the said Academy.

II. And be it further enacted, That on the death of any Trustee, resignation, removal or refusal to act, the said Trustees, or a majority of them, shall have power to elect some fit person to serve in his place, who shall have the same powers and privileges as the Trustees named in this Act.

III. And be it further enacted, That at the first meeting of the Trustees before named, they shall appoint a President, a Treasurer and a Secretary of the Corporation. And the said Trustees, or a majority of them, with their President, shall have power to meet at all times, and at such place within the county as they think proper, to make and ordain such rules, regulations and laws for the good government of the said Academy (not inconsistent with the laws of this State or of the United States) as shall appear proper and necessary; and they shall have power and may give certificates to such students as shall leave the Academy, testifying the literary merit and the progress they shall have made in useful knowledge.

IV. And be it further enacted, That the Trustees, or a majority of themm, shall, when convened, have power to employ one or more teachers in the same, by the name of Professors or Tutors, whom they may remove or displace, if necessary, and appoint others in their stead, and shall appoint such other officers as may be necessary, who shall be subject to the laws of the corporate body.

Read three times and ratified in General Assembly,
the 19th day of December, A. D., 1801
William White, Secretary

Joseph Riddick, S.S.
Stephen Cabarrus, S.H.C.



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