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An Act to Incorporate Union Institute, in Randolph County, a Normal College.

1850-1851 Chapter XX

Laws of the State of North Carolina Passed in 1850-1851 - Pages 56-58.

Sec. 1. 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 the present trustees of "Union Institute," to wit: M. W. Leach, Ahi Robbins, Joseph Johnson, James Leach and C. M. Lines; together with Rev. B. B. Craven, of said Institute; Hon. A. H. Sheppard, of Salem; John A. Gilmer, Esq., of Greensboro', Col. Samuel Hargrave of Lexington, J. L. Blackmer, Esq., of Salisbury; Rev. S. A. Andrews, of Greensboro'; Dr. S. G. Coffin of Jamestown; H. B. Elliott, Esq., of Randolph ; J. W. Thomas, Esq., of Davidson; John B. Troy, of Randolph ; J. P. H. Russ, of Randolph; Eli Russell, of Montgomery, and Gen. J. M. Leach, of Lexington; and and their successors, be, and they are hereby declared, a body politic and corporate, to be known and distinguished by the name and style of the "Normal College," and by that name shall have a perpetual succession, and a common seal, and be able and capable, in law, of holding lands, tenements and chattels, sufficient lor the uses and purposes of said College, and of suing and being sued, and of pleading and being impleaded.

Sec. 2. Be it further enacted, That said trustees shall have power to fix the time of holding the annual and other meetings, and to prescribe the manner in which vacancies in their body may be filled, five trustees being a quorum to do business.

Sec. 3. Be it further enacted, That the said College shall be under the supervision, management and government or a President and such other persons as said trustees may appoint: the said president, with the advice of the other persons so appointed, shall from time to time make all needful rules and regulations for the internal government of said College, and fix the number and compensation of teachers to be employed therein, to prescribe the preliminary examination and the terms and conditions on which pupils shall be received and instructed, and the number of pupils to be received from the respective counties.

Sec. 4. Be it further enacted, That said trustees shall have power to make such rules, regulations and by-laws, not inconsistent with the Constitution of the United States and of this State, as may be necessary for the good government of said College, and the management of the property and funds of the same.

Sec. 5. Be it further enacted, That when any pupil shall have sustained a satisfactory examination on the studies, or course of studies, prescribed by the faculty and trustees of said College, such person shall be deemed qualified to teach common schools and may receive a certificate, signed by the President and at least seven trustees, which certificate shall be sufficient evidence of ability to teach in any of the common schools in this State, without any re-examination of the county committees; and where county certificates are now required before paying out the public funds, the certificate of the Normal College shall answer in lieu thereof.

Sec. 6. Be it further enacted, That the whole College course shall be divided into four classes or degrees, styled first, second, third and fourth, and students shall be ranked accordingly

Sec. 7. Be it further enacted, That all the pupils entering said College shall first sign a declaration, in a book, to be kept by the president for that purpose, as follows: "We, the subscribers, hereby declare that it is our intention to devote ourselves to the business of teaching common schools in the State of North Carolina, and that our sole object in resorting to this Normal College is the better to prepare ourselves for that important duty," which declaration it shall be the duty of the President to explain to the pupils before they sign the same.

Ratified 28th January, 1851.

David S. Reid, Governor
James C. Dobbin, Speaker of the House of Commons
Weldon N. Edwards, Speaker of the Senate

Office of the Secretary of State, April, 1851.

I, William Hill, Secretary of State in and for the State of North Carolina,
do hereby certify that the Acts and Resolutions contained in this Pamphlet
are true copies of the original Acts and Resolutions passed by the General
Assembly of this State, at its late session.

William Hill, Secretary of State

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