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An Act to Establish an Academy at Williamston in the County of Martin.

1816 - Chapter XLV

The Laws of the State of North Carolina Enacted in the Year 1816 - Pages 33-34

Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of North Carolina, and it is hereby enacted by the authority of the same, That Samuel Hyman, Edward Yalloley, William Watts, James Bennett, Joseph Biggs, Richard Williams, Jeremiah Slade, William Biggs, Sr., Darling Cherry, Henry Slade, Jesse Wheatley and Henry B. Hunter, be, and they and their successors to be elected in manner as hereinafter mentioned, shall forever be a body politic and corporate in deed and in name, by the style of "The Trustees of Williamston Academy," and by the same name they and their successors shall and may have perpetual succession and be able and capable in law to receive, take and enjoy to them and their successors, lands, tenements and hereditaments of any kind, or nature, quality or value in fee; and also estates for lives and for years, and all sums of money, goods, chattels and things whatever of any nature, quality or value, and by the same name they and their successors shall and may be able to implead and be impleaded, answer and be answered unto, defend and be defended in all courts and places in all actions, pleas, plaints and demands, and to grant, bargain, sell or assign any lands, tenements, hereditaments, goods or chattels, and to act and do all things whaatever for the use aforesaid, in as full an ample a manner and form as any natural person or body politic or corporate can or may by law, that they shall and may have a common seal for the business of them and their successors, with liberty to change, alter or make new the same from time to time as they may think proper.

II. Be it further enacted, That the said trustees or a majority of them shall have full power and authority to meet at all times they shall think proper, at the town of Williamston, to deliberate, resolve upon and carry into effect the laws and regulations to be by them made for the government of the said Academy, and shall have full power to fill up any vacancies which may happen in the said incorporated body of trustees by the death or refusal to act, resignation or removal out of the state of any of its members; and the persons appointed to fill such vacancies, shall be, and they are hereby declared to have the same power and privileges as the trustees named by this Act.

III. Be it further enacted, That the trustees or a majority of them, be, and they are hereby authorized and empowered to convene at Williamston, at any time after the passign of this Act, and then and there elect and constitute by commission in writing under their hands or the the hands of a majority of them, a proper person to preside at said Academy, who shall be a trustee during his continuance in office, and vested with the same powers, privileges and authorities as any trustee name in and by this Act, and such president and the trustees or their successors, or any seven of them, at all other times thereafteer, when met together in the town of Williamston, shall have full power and authority to elect and constitute one or more professors or tutors, a secretary, treasurer and steward, and also to make and ordain such laws, rules and regulations not repugnant to or inconsistent with the laws and constitution of this state or the United State, for the well ordering or governing the students, their morals, studies and academical exercises as to them shall seem meet, and to give certificates to such students as shall leave the said Academy, certifying their literary merit and the progress they shall have made in useful knowledge, and in general they shall and may do all such things as are usually done by bodies corporate and politic, or such as may be necessary for the promotion of learning and virtue.

IV. And be it further enacted, That the said trustees or a majority of them are hereby authorized and declared to have power to remove or displace the president, professors or tutors, the secretary, treasurer or steward or any of them if they shall find it necessary, and appoint others in their stead, and in case of death, resignation or refusal to act of the president or any of the said professors or tutors, the secretary, treasurer or steward, others shall be elected by such trustees in the room and stead of those dead, resigning or refusing to act.

V. And be it further enacted, That every treasurer appointed by the trustees aforesaid, shall previous to the entering upon his office, enter into bond in the sum of four thousand pounds payable to the trustees aforesaid, conditioned for the faithful discharge of his office and the trust reposed in him, and that all monies and chattels belonging to the said corporation which shall be in his hands at the expiration of his office, and every treasurer shall receive all monies, donations, gifts, bequests and charities whatsoever, that may belong or accrue to the said Academy during his office, and at the expiration thereof shall account with the trustees for the sam, and on his neglect or refusal to pay and deliver to his successor as aforesaid, the monies and chattels in his hand, the same mode of recovery shall and may be had against him as may be had for the recovery of monies from the sheriff or other persons chargeable with public monies.l

VI. Be it further enacted, That two acres of land belonging to the town commons of the town of Williamston, be, and the same is hereby vested in the said trustees or their successors, and the said trustees may fix upon the spot where the two acres shall be allotted to them and to cause the same to be surveyed and a plot thereof be returned into the office of the clerk of the county court of said county, and such plot being recorded and registered, the said two acres of land shall thereafter be held by the said trustees and their successors.

VII. And be it further enacted, That nothing herein contained shall be construed to make this one of the Academies mentioned in the constitution of this state.

Read three times and ratified in General Assembly,
this 28th Day of December, A.D., 1816
A True Copy - William Hill, Secretary of State

Jno. Branch, Speaker of the Senate
Ja. Iredell, Speaker of the House of Commons

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