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An Act to Incorporate the Presbyterian Female College.

1899 Private Laws: Chapter 166

Private Laws of the State of North Carolina Passed in 1899 - Pages 401-404.

Whereas, on the thirtieth day of May, eighteen hundred and ninety-six, a corporation was formed under the general laws of North Carolina, authorizing the formation of corporations before the clerk, by filing articles of incorporation before the clerk of the superior court of Mecklenburg County, under the name and style of The Presbyterian Female College, the business of which corporation being to carry on and conduct a female school and college for the education and instruction of white females, in the city of Charlotte, or near thereto, in the county of Mecklenburg, which school or college was immediately thereafter inaugurated in the city of Charlotte, and which has since that time been, and still is, conducted by the said corporation,

And whereas, it is the object and desire of the said corporation to enlarge its field of work and to carry on and conduct female education, not only in the city of Charlotte, but also in the city of Statesville, county of Iredell, and at such other place or places in western North Carolina as the board of trustees hereinafter enumerated, or their successors in office, may determine; therefore,

The General Assembly of North Carolina do Enact:

Section 1. That J. B. Shearer. A. T. Graham, J. H. Hill, J. Rumple, J. M. Rose, Jr., W. G. F. Harper, P. B. Fetzer, J. R. Howerton, J. W. Stagg, A. G. Brenizer, W. S. Alexander, John R. Irwin, Frank Robinson and A. C. Miller, and their successors in office, be and they are hereby created a body politic and corporate by the name and style of The Presbyterian Female College, and by that name 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. That the corporators in this section named shall constitute the board of trustees of the said Presbyterian Female College, and shall hold their office for a term of two years, or until their successors are elected, as hereinbefore provided for.

Sec. 2. That the trustees of The Presbyterian Female College are authorized to make a constitution and by-laws for the government of such schools or colleges as they may control, generally to do and perform any and all acts necessary for this [their] proper conduct and management. They shall have the right to elect a president for each school or college, and such professors, tutors and officers as they may deem proper. They shall elect one of their number president of the board of trustees, and may appoint a treasurer, secretary and such other officers and servants as may be deemed expedient, and said trustees may prescribe the mode of election of said officers, with terms thereof, and may make by-laws for regulating the duties of said trustees and of all officers appointed by them. That six trustees shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of business.

Sec. 3. That the trustees of The Presbyterian Female College shall not exceed twenty-five nor be less than ten in number, and shall be elected, one-half each by the Presbyteries of Mecklenburg and Concord respectively. That at the first meeting of the said Presbyteries after the acceptance of this charter, the number of trustees shall be fixed by the said presbyteries, subject to change within the above limits. That, in the event other presbyteries in the state of North Carolina should be admitted to participate in the management of the said The Presbyterian Female College, they shall have the right so to do and may elect such number of trustees as may be agreed upon by Mecklenburg and Concord Presbyteries, and when such trustees are elected they shall have the right to participate in the management of the affairs of the said corporation. That the said trustees so elected by the said presbyteries shall hold their office for such term or terms as the respective presbyteries may fix, or until their sucessors in office are appointed.

Sec. 4. That the president and professors of any school or college conducted by The Presbyterian Female College, shall be the faculty thereof, and, with the advice and consent of the trustees, shall have the power to confer such degrees and marks of literary distinction as are usually conferred in colleges and universities in the United States.

Sec. 5. That the real property of the said corporation shall not exceed five hundred thousand dollars ($500,000), and that the personal property thereof shall not exceed in value the sum of five hundred thousand dollars ($500,000), and that all the real and personal property of the said corporation shall be exempt from taxation.

Sec. 6. That the trustees of The Presbyterian Female College be and they are hereby authorized to change the name of said college and the title 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 Presbyterian Female College.

Sec. 7. That The Presbyterian Female College, the body politic created by this Act, shall succeed to all the rights, powers, property, whether real or personal, privileges, advantages and franchises vested in The Presbyterian Female College, the corporation created under the general laws of this state, formed by filing articles before the clerk of the superior court of Mecklenburg County, as in the preamble of this Act, hereinbefore set forth, in as full and as ample a manner as if such rights, powers, property, real and personal, privileges, advantages and franchises had been originally vested in the corporation authorized under this Act.

Sec. 8. That the agreement heretofore entered into by and between the presbyteries of Mecklenburg and Concord, in regard to their co-operation and the management of the schools or colleges provided for in this Act, shall be and the same is hereby declared to be a part of the fundamental law governing the conduct of the said corporation, and the same shall be incorporated in the by-laws governing it; but nothing herein shall be so construed as to prevent the said Presbyteries from making any change in the said plan of co-operation.

Sec. 9. That the said corporation is hereby authorized to carry on and conduct female education, not only in the city of Charlotte, but also in the city of Statesville, county of Iredell, and at such other place or places m western North Carolina as its board of trustees or their successors in office may determine, and to this end, they are hereby authorized and empowered to establish such schools or colleges as they may deem best for the interests of the corporation, and, generally, to do and perform any and all acts necessary to be done in the prosecution of the business contemplated by this Act of incorporation.

Sec.10. That this Act shall be in force from and after its ratification.

Ratified the 28th day of February, A.D. 1899.

Daniel L. Russell, Jr., Governor
Charles A. Reynolds, Lt. Governor and President of the Senate
Henry Groves Connor, Speaker of the House of Representatives

State of North Carolina,
Office of Secretary of State,
Raleigh, April 28th, 1899.

I, Cyrus Thompson, Secretary of State, hereby certify that the
foregoing (manuscript) are true copies of the original acts and reso-
lutions on file in this office.

Cyrus Thompson,
Secretary of State.



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