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agent. He also was on the building committee. His interest led him to
build a companion house to that built by Mr. C. W. Skinner, and on
the same terms. It is the brick house opposite the church.
Equally faithful and zealous were Rev. John Culpepper, Sr., who
later became the agent of the Baptists State Convention; Rev. Turner
Carter, who died after a year; Rev. David S. Williams; Rev. A. J.
Spivey, who came to the first meeting bearing a gift of $103, and Dr.
Joseph B. Outlaw, member of the building committee, and first
president of the board. To these names should be added that of Rev.
John Armstrong, but his labors for the institution form no small part
of its history and will be treated
It was the men whose names I have recorded above who gave our
institution start and direction, chose its faculty made regulations for
its government, determined the character and scope of its curriculum,
erected its buildings, assumed its financial obligations, defended it
against detractors and malcontents among their brethren, won for it
name and respect throughout the State, and, in spite of many
difficulties, in five years developed it to such an extent that a charter
as a college was granted it without question by the State Legislature.
I add the following statements from "The Times and the Men" by Dr. C. E.
Taylor, Bulletin III, 193 ff.: "James McDaniel, a zealous advocate of missions
and education, was so honored by his brethren that for 19 years he was made
president of the Convention. He possessed in rare measure the gifts and graces of an
orator and many are the traditions of the power and pathos of his eloquence.
"George W. Hufham, an alumnus (he did not graduate) of Chapel Hill and a
thorough classical scholar, had fitted himself for the practice of medicine. But God
called him to a nobler work and for more than fifty years he was an earnest and
effective minister of the gospel.
"Another graduate of Chapel Hill, Aaron J. Spivey, of Bertie, was endowed with
such powers of speech and grace of manner as to make him welcome in the social
circle and more than acceptable in the pulpit.
"John Culpepper, Josiah Crudup, Alfred Dockery, John Kerr, representing their
districts in Congress; A. J. Battle, Stephen Graham, William Hinton, Alexander
Moseley, George W. Thompson, the peers in social standing of any men in the