An Act to incorporate the Jefferson Institute, located in the City of Jefferson, in the County of Marion, in the State of Texas.
Section 1. Be it enacted by the Legislature of the State of Texas, That Rev. R. S. Finley, Hon. J. D. McAdoo, E. W. Taylor, A. P. Brown, F. A. Schluter, K. D. Bateman, J. W. Sims, Jr., Geo. A. Kelly and E. Marx, be and they are hereby constituted a body corporate under the name and title of "The President and Board of Trustees of Jefferson Institute."
Sec. 2. Be it further enacted, etc., That five members of the said board shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of business ; that their meetings shall be held annually on the day preceding the closing exercises of each session, at which time a president and secretary shall be chosen, for the ensuing year, by the members thereof; and that until the first annual election shall be held, J. TV, Sims, Jr., be and he is hereby appointed president of said board, with authority to appoint a secretary of the same.
Sec. 3. Be it further enacted, etc.. That the powers and duties of said board shall be confined to the examination and recommendation, or rejection of applicants for degrees, etc., and to the encouragement and maintenance of an institution of learning for young ladies, located in the City of Jefferson, in the county of Marion, in the State of Texas, to be called "Jefferson Institute," of which Miss Eleanor N. Norwood shall be principal, with full power and authority to conduct the affairs of the same as she may deem proper.
Sec. 4. Be it further enacted, etc., That the said principal, and those whom she may appoint as her successors, shall have power and authority to confer literary and scientific degrees on such of her pupils as may be recommended by the president and board of trustees, and to grant diplomas and other testimonials of merit; provided, all diplomas heretofore granted by said: principal shall be as valid, and have the same force and effect as those hereafter granted.
Sec. 5. Be it further enacted, etc., That the said principal shall procure a seal with suitable devices, which shall be impressed on all diplomas granted by said institution.
Sec. 6. Be it further enacted, etc., That said board of trustees shall have power to fill all vacancies that may occur in their said board, from death resignation or otherwise, and that the president of said board, at the request of any two members thereof, shall call a meeting of said "board to deliberate and take action on any matter requiring their attention.
Sec. 7. Be it further enacted, etc.. That this act take effect from and after its passage.
Approved May 3d, 1873.
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