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In addition to the above the following other appointments were
made but not accepted: Thomas Meredith was elected to take the
Chair of Mathematics and Natural Philosophy in May, 1834; Dr.
William Hooper was appointed Professor of Moral Philosophy in
December, 1834; Dr. Joseph B. Outlaw, previously of Windsor, but at
the time a resident of Wake Forest and President of the Board of
Trustees, was elected Professor of Anatomy and Physiology on July
1, 1835; and George W. Thompson was elected Tutor on December
18, 1838. Meredith, however, had the more important work of editing
the Biblical Recorder; Hooper was at the same time called both by
Furman Theological Institution and South Carolina College, and went
to the former; Dr. Outlaw, a physician, was probably busy with his
practice, while Thompson remained Principal of his Forest Hill
Academy, on the Oxford Road near Neuse Falls.9
We may add here that the first manager of the farm was Charles R.
Merriam, a brother of Mrs. Wait, appointed by the Trustees on May 3,
1834. He was succeeded the next year by Henry Wall who in turn was
succeeded in 1836 by Jesse Jones. The salary of the first two was
$200 a year, of the last $150.10
After his term as Manager of the farm Merriam became steward,
and continued in that office till his death on April 10, 1837, when he
was succeeded by G. Ryan, who continued in office until the Institute
became a college. In addition to these we find that the Board of
Trustees, in November, 1835, provided for the appointment of a
seamstress, Miss Betsy Parker of Montgomery County, to attend to
the washing, mending and distributing of the students' clothes.
The character of a school is determined to a great extent by the
character of the teachers, especially in the school's first years. Wake
Forest Institute was no exception to the rule. We have already seen
what was the great influence of Principal Wait. We shall here
consider the teachers named above.
9 Professor Mills thinks Thompson possibly taught in the Institute a few months.
Wake Forest Student, III, 270.
10 Sikes, "The Genesis of Wake Forest College."