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An Act to Incorporate Elon College.

1889 Private Laws: Chapter 216

Private Laws of the State of North Carolina Passed in 1889 - Pages 895-896.

The General Assembly of North Carolina do enact:

Section 1. That W. S. Long. J. W. Wellons, W. W. Staley, G. S. Watson, M. L. Harley, E. T. Pierce, W. J. Lee, P. J. Kernodle, J. F. West, E. E. Holland, E. A. Moffitt, J. M. Smith. J. H. Harden, F. O. Moring and S. P. Read, and their associates and successors, be and they are hereby created a body politic and corporate to be styled the "Board of Trustees of Elon College," and by that name to remain in perpetual succession, with full power to sue and be sued, to plead and be impleaded, to acquire, hold and convey property, real and personal, to have and use a common seal, to alter and renew the same at pleasure, to make and alter from time to time such by-laws as they may deem necessary for the government of said institution, its officers, students and servants: Provided, such by-laws shall not be inconsistent with the constitution and laws of the United States and of this State. Also to have power to confer on those whom they may deem worthy such honors and degrees as are usually conferred in similar institutions: Provided further, that said trustees shall not be individually liable for their acts and doings as trustees.

Sec. 2. The affairs of said college shall be under the management of a board of fifteen trustees, who shall be members of the Christian Church. A majority of the board shall form a quorum for the transaction of business. Said trustees may convey real estate by deed, under their common seal, executed by the president and secretary of said board. They may hold office as the general convention of the Christian Church may specify or until their successors are elected. Said trustees shall hold their first meeting at Mill Point, in Alamance County, on the ___ day of _____ , 1889; afterwards they shall meet on their own appointment; but of necessity the president, with the advice of two trustees, may call a special meeting of the board, or any five members of the board may call such a meeting by giving notice to each member in writing at least ten days before the time of meeting.

Sec. 3. That said institution shall remain at the place where the site is now located, in Alamance County, Boone Station Township, at the place now called Mill Point; and shall afford instruction in the liberal arts and sciences. And the trustees may, as they shall find themselves able and the public good requires, erect additional departments for such other branches of education as they may think necessary or useful.

Sec. 4. That the board of trustees shall from time to time appoint a president and other officers and instructors, and also agents of the institution, as may be necessary; and shall have power to displace or remove any or either of them for good and sufficient reasons; and also fill vacancies which occur in the board by resignation, death, expiration of term of office, or otherwise, or among said officers or agents, and prescribe and direct the course of study to be pursued in said college and its departments.

Sec. 5. The president of the college shall be ex-officio a member of the board of trustees and president of the same, and in his absence the board shall elect one of its own members to preside for the time being, and if any of said trustees shall be permanently appointed president of said college his office as trustee shall be deemed vacant and the board of trustees shall fill the same.

Sec. 6. The said college and the said trustees shall at all times be under the control of the general convention of the Christian Church.

Sec. 7. The board of trustees shall faithfully apply all funds by them collected and received according to their best judgment in erecting suitable buildings, supporting the necessary officers, instructors and agents, and in procuring books, maps, charts and other apparatus necessary to the well being and success of the college.

Sec. 8. The treasurer shall always, and all other agents when required, before entering on the duties of their appointments, give bonds for the security of the corporation and the public in such penal sums as the board of trustees may direct, and with such sureties as they shall approve.

Sec. 9. Property to the amount of five hundred thousand dollars held by said trustees for said college shall forever be exempt from taxation.

Sec. 10. That it shall not be lawful for any person or persons to set up any gammg table or any device whatever, for playing at any game of chance or hazard, by whatever name called, or to gamble in any manner, or to keep a house of ill-fame, or to manufacture spirituous or intoxicating liquors or otherwise, to sell or convey for a certain consideration to any person any intoxicating liquors within one and a half miles of said college; and any person who shall violate any of the provisions of this section shall be guilty of a misdemeanor.

Sec. 11. That all property, real and personal, and all choses in action that have been or may hereafter be conveyed, given, granted or devised, or that may have in any manner come or may hereafter come into the possession of said trustees for Graham College, shall vest in and belong to said trustees for Elon College, and the said trustees for Graham College are authorized to make or cause to be made such conveyances as will vest in said trustees for Elon College the title to all property heretofore conveyed, given, granted or devised to them, or which has in any manner come into their possession for Graham College, or that may hereafter be conveyed, given, granted or devised to them, in any manner, or come into their possession for said Graham College.

Sec. 17. [sic, Sec. 12.] That this Act shall be in force from and after the date of its ratification.

Ratified the 11th day of March, A.D. 1889.

Daniel G. Fowle, Governor
Thomas M. Holt, Lt. Governor and President of the Senate
Augustus Leazar, Speaker of the House of Representatives

State of North Carolina,
Office Secretary of State,
Raleigh, June 6, 1889.

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

William L. Saunders,
Secretary of State.

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