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Probably because of the failure to obtain a quorum of the Trustees for
any meeting the duty of selecting these new men fell to the Executive
Committee, which at this time was composed of James B. Outlaw,
William Crenshaw, and William Roles, all of Wake Forest. On
November 27, 1837, they chose John B. White, A.M., to be Professor
of Mathematics and History, and Daniel Ford Richardson, A.M., to be
Professor of Ancient Languages. A year later their election was
confirmed by the Board of Trustees and the salaries fixed for each at
$800 and board, a hundred dollars more than the salary for the first
White who, in 1848 became the third President of Wake Forest
College, was born in Bow, New Hampshire, March 10, 1810. He
graduated at Brown University in 1832, having been in this institution
a student of Dr. Francis Wayland whose work on Political Economy
he had studied in manuscript. After his graduation he taught for
several years in New Hampton Institute in New Hampshire. Then
resuming the study of law, which he had left off on becoming a
teacher, he obtained license and was admitted to the bar in Greenville,
Illinois, in 1836. But his tastes were those of a teacher and when
invited to come to Wake Forest he readily accepted.18
In 1838 he married Miss Mary P. Merriam, daughter of Rev.
Jonathan Merriam and a sister of Mrs. Wait. She was probably the
Miss Merriam of whom Brooks says in his Diary under date of
September 11, 1837: "Miss Merriam is quite an interesting female
indeed, sings delightfully. Although she is a lady of extensive
education there seems to be no affectation about her; her manner is
easy and engaging, and Piety withal has
17 The minute of the Executive Committee recording their election was probably
written by White. Its language suggests the lawyer. It reads: "Resolved, That John
B. White, A.M., be and is hereby appointed to the Professorship of Mathematics and
Natural Philosophy in Wake Forest Institute. at a salary of $700 and his board per
annum." With change of name the same minute is made of the election of
18 These facts are found in a short sketch of his life found in the Wake Forest
Student, XIV, 233 f., based on article in Cathcart's Baptist Encyclopaedia.
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