272 History of Wake Forest College
18, 1852, when Washington Manly Wingate was chosen for this
work. Mr. Wingate was from the Darlington District of South
Carolina. He had matriculated at Wake Forest College in 1846, at
which time Wake Forest was regarded as the college of the two
Carolinas. He had graduated in 1849. While he was a student Dr.
Hooper was the president of the College; in April, 1849, he had been
asked by the Wake Forest Baptist Church "to exercise his gifts before
the church with a view to a license to preach." He had impressed his
fellow students with his extraordinary ability and his powers as a
logician and a speaker, as well as his sweet
He seems to have
remained at Wake Forest a while after his graduation, since in August,
1849, he was appointed by the church a delegate to the Raleigh
Association. But in the fall of the year he entered the Furman
Theological Institution, where he spent two years. On March 3, 1852,
at the call of the Darlington, South Carolina, Baptist Church he was
examined and set aside for the Baptist ministry, with Rev. Richard
Furman preaching the ordination sermon, and with Elders L. DuPre, J.
O. B. Dargan, G. B. Bealer, and S. B. Wilkins assisting in the
ordination. In the report of the
it was said that Brother
Wingate possessed "the entire confidence and esteem of the people
with whom he labors and his prospects are eminently encouraging."
He was called to accept the pastoral charge of the Ebenezer Church,
Darlington District, and at the same time served as assistant pastor of
the Darlington Church of which Elder Dargan was pastor.
It was this young man, now twenty-four years old, whom the
Trustees called to be their agent in raising an endowment. As he was
now beginning that period of service of the College which ended
Dr. D. R. Wallace has this to say of him, whom he unites in his praise with W.
G. Simmons: "My recollections of W. G. Simmons and W. M. Wingate rank them
as two of the most superior intellects that I met during my residence at the College.
I never knew a nobler character than that of Professor Simmons, and Wingate was
quite as grand a character, with perhaps a more general ability. The one was a born
mathematician, the other a born logician, as I have cause to know. For in a society
celebration (we belonged to different societies), during a summer vacation we met
in a debate, and he simply annihilated me, whipped me to a frazzle, the worst
whipping I ever got in a war of words." Wake Forest Student, XXVIII, 326.
Biblical Recorder, April 30, 1852.