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1839, as Adjunct Professor of Ancient Languages, was advanced to
full professorship of Languages. In all this Richardson was probably
taking shelter against the return of Armstrong which was now due.
This was the situation when in 1839 Armstrong came back from
Europe. A new appointment for his place was made right in the face
of his return to take up his work. It is hard to resist the conclusion that
this was done with the acquiescence if not in accord with the plan of
President Wait and those whom he had nominated to places on the
faculty. At any rate Armstrong came before the Board of Trustees at
their meeting at the time of the meeting of the Baptist State
Convention at Grassy Creek in Granville County in 1839, and
tendered his resignation of his professorship at Wake Forest.
Although the Board indefinitely postponed the reception of his
resignation, Armstrong insisted, and the Board at a later meeting was
forced to let him go.
This was the first serious break in the ranks of the supporters of
Wake Forest College. Armstrong's friends were indignant.
says, "Armstrong had been very popular in the State. Thomas
Meredith loved him like a brother. G. W. Hufham went to his grave
feeling that Armstrong had been greatly wronged."
Ga.; resident Providence, R. I., Manhattan, Kans.; b. Ludlow, Vt., March 6, 1807; d.
Manhattan, Kansas, April 15, 1865.
White, John Brown, A.B., A.M., D.D. Teacher New Hampden College, four
years; lawyer Alton, Ill.; judge of probate Greenville; professor of mathematics and
natural philosophy, Wake Forest College; ordained Baptist minister, 1849; president
Brownsville Female College, Tenn.; Almira College, Greenville; principal of school
for girls, Champaign, Ill.; U. S. Military service, 1864-65; chaplain, principal school
Upper Alton, Ill.; b. Bow, N. H., March 10, 1810; d. Greenville, Ill., Feb. 12, 1887.
Morse, Stephen, A.B. 1835; A.M. Teacher Wake Forest College, N. C.; admitted
to bar; merchant Greenville, Ill. Paola, Kans.; one of the founders of Almira
College, Greenville; b. Methuen, Mass., Feb. 14,1808; d. Paola, Kans.
The Brown University records also show that Wilcox married Sarah B. Howell,
and had five children; White married Mary P. Merriam in 1838, and Elizabeth R.
Wright in 1857 and had six children; Morse married Almira Blanchard and had no
Proceedings, p. 49. Armstrong was a delegate of the Convention from the
Smithfield Church, and in the absence of Rev. James McDaniel, the appointee, he
preached the Introductory Sermon. Minutes of Convention for 1839.
"Genesis of Wake Forest College !"