124 History of Wake Forest College
thrown her charms around her, which crowns her loveliness and
makes her more interesting."
White proved a valuable addition to the faculty. When he had been
at the Institute less than a year he was appointed Secretary of the
Board of Trustees and their Treasurer and Receiving Agent, and on
December 18, 1838, the Board of Trustees requested him to act as
President in the absence of President Wait, whom the Board was
sending into the field as agent. He was licensed to preach by the
Wake Forest Baptist Church in January, 1839, and ordained in 1849.
As to his Christian character and influence at this time, Major Sanders
M. Ingram has this to say.19
In the evening we met in the chapel for prayer and Sabbath school.
Professor White superintended the Bible class and explained the
Scriptures to us. After recitation he made some very appropriate
remarks from Psalm XXXVII, 37-"Mark the perfect man and behold
the upright, for the end of that man is peace." I thought Professor
White came as near being a perfect man as any man I had ever seen,
and the more I became acquainted with him the more I appreciated
him. . . . He had been an able lawyer and judge in Illinois. I asked him
why he left the bar and the judge's bench to come to Wake Forest to
become a professor. He replied that he could not deal in law and
always stick to the truth, and that he would do more good to the world
as a teacher than he could at the law. His wife was an accomplished
lady, and taught the young ladies of Wake Forest.
Some have said that White was a very impractical man and did not
understand the character of Southern youth20 Perhaps it would be
better to say that White's being a New Englander and an ardent
admirer and disciple of Dr. Wayland, whose antislavery argument was
well known, made him increasingly obnoxious in a slave State, as
sectional bitterness increased. That White did have a most intelligent
understanding of the educational needs of the boys and girls of North
Carolina is shown
19 Wake Forest Student, XIII, 474.
20 Sikes "Genesis of Wake Forest College," Hufham, Wake Forest Student,