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An Act to Incorporate the Thompson Institute.

1871-72 Private Laws: Chapter XC

Private Laws of the State of North Carolina Passed in 1871-72 - Pages 134-135.

Section 1. The General Assembly of North Carolina do enact, That Thomas Thompson, of Hotel, Bertie County, S. L. Fremont, of Wilmington, Kept P. Battle, of Raleigh, H. W. Guion, of Charlotte, Rev. A. A. Benton, of Edenton, Rev. A. A. Watson, of Wilmington, Rev. Richard S. Mason, of Raleigh, Rev. B. S. Bronson, of Charlotte, and the Right Reverend Thomas Atkinson, be and they are hereby made and declared to be a body politic and corporate, with the name and style of "The Thompson Institute," and shall have perpetual succession and a common seal, capacity to contract and be contracted with, to sue and be sued, plead and be impleaded, and to acquire, have and hold by purchase, donation, or otherwise, goods and chattels, lands and tenements, and again dispose of or invest the same in such way as will, in the discretion of the trustees, most promote the interest and purposes of the corporation.

Sec. 2. The powers of said corporation shall be devoted to the establishment, near the city of Charlotte, in the county of Mecklenburg, an institution for the promotion of education and useful learning, in which may be taught theology, law, medicine, the academic and polite arts and sciences, and of such other benevolent and charitable objects as the trustees may approve.

Sec. 3. That the board of trustees of said institution may from time io time be increased or diminished: Provided, The number shall never be less than three, two ministers and one layman, and the bishop or bishops of the Protestant Episcopal Church of the Diocese of North Carolina, or in case said Diocese shall be divided, then the bishop of such Diocese within which the said city of Charlotte shall be, shall ex officio, be the president of said board of trustees, and the rector of Saint Peter's Episcopal Church, in said city of Charlotte, shall also be a member of said board by virtue of such rectorship, and all trustees to be hereafter chosen for said institution, shall be and continue to be members of the Protestant Episcopal Church.

Sec. 4. All vacancies that may occur in the board of trustees by death, resignation, a motion or other cause, shall be filled by the remaining trustees, in such manner as shall be provided by the by-laws of the corporation.

Sec. 5. The board of trustees shall have power to receive donations for the endowment of such institution, to establish as many scholarships as they deem advisable, to appoint all officers necessary for the proper government of the corporation, to elect suitable professors, teachers and tutors, to confer academic and honorary degrees, and to make, alter and rescind a system of by-laws, rules and ordinances, to regulate, control and manage the affairs and interests of said corporation with its funds and franchises in the manner deemed, by said trustees, most conducive to its success.

Sec. 6. That the by-laws, rules and ordinances hereby authorized shall not be incompatible with the constitution and laws of the land, and of the Protestant Episcopal Church.

Sec. 7. This Act shall take effect from and after its ratification.

Ratified the 2d day of February, A.D., 1872.

Tod R. Caldwell, Governor
Thomas J. Jarvis, Speaker of the House of Representatives
Edward J. Warren, Lt. Governor and President of the Senate

State of North Carolina,
Office Secretary of State,
Raleigh, February 29th, 1872.

I, Henry J. Menninger, Secretary of State, hereby
certify that the foregoing are true copies of the original
private acts on file in this office.

Henry J. Menninger,
Secretary of State.

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