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An Act to Amend the Charter of Davidson College.

1885 Private Laws: Chapter 66

Private Laws of the State of North Carolina Passed in 1885 - Pages 921-924.

The General Assembly of North Carolina do enact:

Section 1. The following named persons, to-wit : William A. Wood, J. H. Hill, J. Rumple, S. H. Wiley, William W. Pharr, A. D. Hepburn, R. B. Anderson, G. D. Parks, William H. Davis, R. D. Johnston, E. P. Davis, E. Nye Hutchison, C. E. Graham, R. I. McDowell, James C. Alexander, W. S. Primrose, George Allen, T. M. Holt, J. A. McAllister, D. D. McBryde, William S. Lacy, A. N. Ferguson, E. W. Kerr, Jno. M. Rose, A. McFadyen, A. R. Banks, J. S. White, W. B. Thompson, D. E. Jordan, W. H. Stewart, J. Lowrie Wilson, Jos. B. Mack, L. McKinnon, R. H. Reid, A. White, W. J. McKay, R. W. Milner, Donald Fraser, J. S. Rogers, Donald McQueen, D. L. Buttolph, W. A. Carter, J. B. Stevens, J. W. Montgomery, Joseph Washburn, Lucius Montgomery, Samuel Lowry, D. G. Fowle, John L. Brown and Robert Bingham, and their successors in office, are hereby created a body politic and corporate by the name and style of "The Trustees of Davidson College," and by that name they shall have perpetual succession and a common seal, may sue and be sued, and may purchase, take, receive and hold any real or personal property whatever, and may sell, transfer, lease, mortgage and convey any such property. But nothing in this section shall authorize said trustees to use or dispose of any property given, bequeathed, devised or conveyed to them contrary to the conditions annexed to any such gift, bequest, devise or conveyance. The trustees mentioned in this section shall hold their offices for the terms for which they have been respectively elected.

Sec. 2. The trustees of Davidson College are authorized to make a constitution and laws for the government of said college and the preservation of order and good morals therein, not inconsistent with the constitution and laws of North Carolina or the United States.

Sec. 3. The trustees of Davidson College shall not exceed one hundred in number, one-fourth of whom shall go out of office every year, subject however to re-election; and said trustees shall be appointed by the Presbyteries of Concord, Mecklenburg, Bethel, Atlanta and Florida; and by such other Presbyteries as may be associated with these in patronizing said college, and by the alumni of said college in such manner as the trustees of said college shall provide.

Sec. 4. The trustees of Davidson College shall have the exclusive right to elect a president of said college and such professors, tutors and officers as they shall think proper.

Sec. 5. The president and professors of Davidson College shall be the faculty thereof, and with the advice and consent of the trustees shall have the power of conferring such degrees and marks of literary distinction as are usually conferred in colleges and universities.

Sec. 6. The trustees of Davidson College shall elect one of their number a president of the board of trustees; and they may appoint a treasurer, secretary and such other officers and servants as may be deemed expedient, and said trustees may prescribe the mode of the election of such officers with the terms thereof, and may enact laws for the regulation of the duties of said trustees and of all officers appointed by them. Twelve trustees shall be a quorum for the transaction of business.

Sec. 7. It shall be unlawful for any person to set up or continue any gaming or billiard table, or any device whatever for playing at any game of chance or hazard by whatever name called, or to exhibit any sleight of hand, theatrical or equestrian performances, dramatic recitations, rope or wire dancing, or other itinerant, natural or artificial curiosities, or to sell, give, or transmit to a student of said college, or to any person within three miles of said college any spirituous or malt liquors without the written permission of the chairman of the faculty of said college. Any person violating this section shall be guilty of a misdemeanor and shall forfeit the sum of two hundred dollars to any person who may sue for the same, one-half to the use of the person suing and the other half to the use of the college.

Sec. 8. The real property of said corporation shall not exceed in value the sum of three hundred thousand dollars, and the personal property thereof shall not exceed in value the sum of five hundred thousand dollars.

Sec. 9. The real property owned by said corporation, not exceeding five hundred acres of land including the college buildings, shall be exempt from taxation, and the personal property thereof, not exceeding five hundred thousand dollars in value, shall be exempt from taxation.

Sec. 10. The trustees of Davidson College shall be authorized to change the name of said college and the title and name of the body politic hereby created, and in case of such change of name the new body politic and corporate shall succeed to all the rights, powers, property, privileges and advantages conferred by this Act upon the trustees of Davidson College.

Sec. 11. The trustees of Davidson College, the body politic created by this Act as a new corporation, shall succeed to all the rights, powers, property, privileges and advantages vested in said college or in the trustees thereof, pursuant to any Act of the General Assembly relating to said college enacted since the first day of January in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and thirty-eight.

Sec. 12. This Act shall be in force from its ratification.

In the General Assembly read three times, and ratified this the 4th day of March, A.D. 1885.

Alfred M. Scales, Governor
Charles M. Stedman, Lt. Governor and President of the Senate
Thomas M. Holt, Speaker of the House of Representatives

State of North Carolina,
Office of Secretary of State,
Raleigh, May 18th, 1885.

I, William L. Saunders, Secretary of State, hereby certify
that the foregoing (manuscript) are true copies of the
original acts and resolutions on file in this office.

William L. Saunders,
Secretary of State.

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