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Who May Ratify


WHO MAY RATIFY. Any one who is capable of authorizing another to do certain acts for him, is capable of ratifying the same acts when they are assumed to be done in his behalf without a pre vious authority, and "e converso." (Wilson v. Dame, 58 N. H. 392; Pollock v. Cohen, 32 0. St. 514.) Copartnerships and partners as well as natural per sons may ratify acts done in their behalf. Persons of unsound mind, infants and others under legal disabili ties cannot ratify, but when the disability is removed there is no general reason why they may not ratify acts done in their behalf during the incompetency; and the guardian, or other representative of an incompetent person, may ratify for him.

Any agent may ratify the unauthorized acts of a sub agent of the same principal, if such act falls within the scope of his—the superior agent's authority. (Mound City L. Ins. Co. v. Huth, 49 Ala. 53o.) This rule is of importance in corporate affairs, where the acts of in ferior agents are ratified by the superior agents of the same company. (Bank v. Kimberlands, 16 W. Va. 555; Cairo, etc., R. R. Co. v. Mahoney, 82 Ill. 73.)