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An Act to Incorporate the Baptist Female University of North Carolina.

1891 Private Laws: Chapter 132

Private Laws of the State of North Carolina Passed in 1891 - Pages 942-943.

The General Assembly of North Carolina do enact:

Section 1. That L. L. Polk, C. A. Rominger, W. R. Gwaltney, R. R. Overby, T. H. Pritchard, J. D. Hufham, R. T. Vann, N. B. Broughton, R. H. Marsh, A. G. McMannaway, H. W. Battle, C. Durham, J. W. Carter, B. Cade, G. W. Greene, W. C. Petty, E. K. Proctor, Jr., J. M. Currin, J. H. Lassiter, W. G. Upchurch, W. T. Faircloth, R. P. Thomas, D. F. King, Charles E. Taylor and J. L. White, trustees, and their successors, be and they are hereby declared to be a body politic and corporate for the purpose of providing for the higher education of females, under the name and style of "The Baptist Female University of North Carolina," and by that name and style they shall have perpetual succession and shall be capable in law to take, receive, hold and purchase all manner of lands, tenements, rents, and annuities, and other hereditaments, which at any time may be granted, sold or otherwise conveyed to the said corporation, and shall also be capable in law to take, receive and possess all moneys, goods and chattels that may be given, sold or bequeathed by any person or persons for the use of said corporation, and apply the same according to the will of the donors, all the aforesaid lands, tenements and personal property the said corporation shall have, hold and use to carry out the purposes of the said corporation.

Sec. 2. That the said corporation shall be capable in law to bargain, sell and convey to any purchaser or purchasers, such land, tenements and hereditaments and personal property which may be owned by said corporation as aforesaid, when the condition of the grant to the said corporation does not forbid the same; and the proceeds arising therefrom shall be held and used for the benefit of the said corporation.

Sec. 3. That the said corporation shall have power to make and establish such by-laws, rules and regulations for the government of the aforesaid university as to them may seem necessary: Provided, the same are not in conflict with the constitution and laws of the state and the United States.

Sec. 4. That the said corporation may sue and be sued, plead and be impleaded in all the courts, and shall have power to make and use a common seal with such device and inscription as the aforesaid trustees may think proper.

Sec. 5. That the trustees of said corporation as named in section one of this Act shall be divided into three classes, and the first nine named of the said trustees shall hold their office for two years, and the next eight shall hold their office for four years, and the next eight names shall hold their office for six years, but their successors shall hold their office for six years, and be elected by the remaining trustees.

Sec. 6. That no person shall be eligible to membership among said trustees unless he shall be a member of a Baptist church. That whenever any of said trustees above provided shall die, resign, remove their residence to another state, refuse to act or shall fail to attend the meetings of said trustees continuously for the space of two years, the membership of said trustee shall be considered vacant, and the remaining trustees shall fill the vacancy.

Sec. 7. That the said trustees shall have the power to remove any one of their number for improper conduct, of which they shall be the judges: Provided, the cause thereof shall be entered upon their minutes: And provided further, that the accused shall have thirty days' notice of the procedure, and a majority of two-thirds of the members present shall be necessary to effect such removal: And provided further, that at such trial a majority of the whole board of trustees shall be present.

Sec. 8. That the said trustees shall have power to appoint their own president, secretary and treasurer for such time as they may deem best, and to elect such professors and tutors and other officers of the aforesaid university as they shall deem qualified to discharge the duties of their several offices, and may remove them for misbehavior, inability or neglect of duty or other cause which shall be deemed advisable to said trustees, and do any and all acts usually given trustees of literary associations.

Sec. 9. That the said trustees shall hold their meetings from time to time as often as necessity may require, and nine trustees shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of all kinds of business.

Sec. 10. That the faculty of the aforesaid university, by the advice and consent of the aforesaid trustees, shall have power to confer all such degrees and marks of literary distinction as are usually conferred by colleges and universities.

Sec. 11. That the amount of real and personal property held by said trustees shall not at any one time exceed the sum of one million dollars, and the same shall be exempt from public taxation.

Sec. 12. That the said, "The Baptist Female University" shall be located in or near the city of Raleigh, county of Wake, State of North Carolina.

Sec. 13. This Act shall be in force from and after its ratification.

Ratified the 27th day of February, A.D. 1891.

Daniel G. Fowle, Governor
Thomas M. Holt, Lt. Governor and President of the Senate
Rufus A. Doughton, Speaker of the House of Representatives

State of North Carolina,
Office Secretary of State,
Raleigh, June 13, 1891.

I, Octavius Coke, Secretary of State, hereby certify that the fore-
going are true copies of the original acts and resolutions on file in
this office.

Octavius Coke,
Secretary of State.

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