238 History of Wake Forest College
June, 1842, it was ordered that Captain Berry be paid $601.84. At this
same meeting the Trustees approved endowing a professorship, and
authorized a subscription for that purpose of $16,000 be drawn up and
circulated, with Wait as agent; but no more was heard of it. A
subscription was also started to pay the Berry note, which was now
reduced to $9,000. And a new agent was appointed, William Hill
at a salary of $500 a year.
It seems, however, that Mr. Jordan did not at this time enter upon
the work of the agency; or if he did he did not continue long in it.
There is no record of it in the Proceedings of the Board or the Biblical
Recorder or in the minutes of any Association that has come into my
hands at this time. Later as we shall see, in 1847, he took up the
agency of the College and carried it for a few months.
"Rev. William Hill Jordan was born in Bertie County, N. C., August 15, 1803.
His mother afterwards married the Rev. Mr. Poindexter, and by him became the
mother of Rev. A. M. Poindexter. To the piety and force of character of this good
woman, who consecrated her sons to God's service at their birth, is our Southern
Zion indebted for two of the ablest and most eloquent ministers who have
distinguished her annals. Mr. Jordan was educated at Chapel Hill [He represented
the Dialectic Society at the Commencement of 1818 and is not to be confused with
his son, William Hill Jordan, an honor graduate of the class of 1857, who was a
tutor of the College in 1857, Battle, History of University of N. C. I, 676.],
professed a hope in Christ on the 9th of December, 1823, preached his first sermon
on the 25th of December of the same year, and was baptized by Rev. Reuben
Lawrence, Jan. 25, 1824. A great revival began from his preaching, spreading over
several counties, and resulting in the conversion of 2,000 souls. Besides serving a
number of churches in the country, Mr. Jordan was pastor of churches in Raleigh,
Wilmington, Lilesville, Wadesboro, No. Car., Clarkesville and Petersburg, Va.,
Norristown, Pa., and Sumter, S. C. He was for a long time Secretary of the North
Carolina Baptist Convention (1837-1843), and was twice agent for Wake Forest
College, giving his time and money for its release from financial distress, and
worked faithfully for its prosperity as a Trustee, and was President of the Board
from June, 1841 to June, 1845. Mr. Jordan called himself a high church Baptist, and
spent no small part of his life in vindicating by voice and pen Baptist and
Calvinistic principles. Most of his published articles appeared in the Biblical
Recorder in the years 1845-1880. His address at the commencement of 1847 is also
extant. He spent the last years of his life in Oxford, N. C., where he died on October
12,1883." The writer of the sketch in the Baptist Almanac, for 1884, says, p. 19. "we
loved him for his stainless purity, his shining character as a Christian, his devout
and humble piety, his unswerving loyalty to truth and to God, as well as his
splendid talents and attainments as a preacher. His pilgrimage was long, laborious
and eventful. He finished it with honor to himself and credit to the denomination he
represented." Abridged from articles in Cathcart's Encyclopedia and the Baptist
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