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August 1, 1792
The University's Board of Trustees met in Hillsborough to nominate potential sites for the new university.
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August 3, 1792
The Board of Trustees selected an area near Cipritz Bridge on New Hope Creek in Chatham County as the location of the new university. On August 2, 1792, the Board decided that they would "not determine on any given place; but the ballots shall be taken for a given point, with a latitude of erecting the buildings within fifteen miles of said point." On August 4, 1792, they selected one representative from each of the state's judicial districts to serve as a site-selection committee. The members were to meet in Pittsboro on November 1, 1792 and be prepared to visit all of the nominated locations.
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