Curriculum 357
It may be asserted then that the class of four which the College
graduated on June 20, 1839, had earned their degree of Bachelor of
Arts, and were in intellectual attainments equal to the average of those
who have received that degree in that day and since. Of the four,
William Tell Brooks spent his life at Wake Forest and served as
pastor of churches at Henderson, Mount Vernon and Forestville. In
1843 he was appointed Tutor in the College, and three years later
Assistant Professor of Ancient Languages, which position he held
until June, 1858. The College conferred on him the honorary degree
of Master of Arts in 1844 and that of Doctor of Divinity in 1870. For
ten years, 1870-80, he was President of the Board of Trustees; for five
years beginning with 1869 he was President of the Baptist State
Convention. He was diligent in business and was in good
circumstances when he died on January 16, 1883. Another graduate
was Josiah Hawkins Brooks, who also was a Baptist minister, serving
first churches in Virginia and then in Chatham and Davidson counties
in this State. His life was short, his death occurring in 1865. Another
graduate was W. W. Childers of Camden District, South Carolina.
After graduation he returned to his native State and for many years
was one of the ablest and most trusted of the South Carolina
ministers. The College gave him the honorary degree of Master of
Arts in 1846. The fourth graduate was William Jones of Wake County
who was also a Baptist minister; after his graduation, he was pastor of
the church at Mt. Moriah in the Flat River, now Mt. Zion, Associa-
tion, and often preached as an itinerant in the churches of that body.
From early in 1848 until his death in the summer of 1852 he was
agent of the Baptist State Convention, in which position he labored
with all diligence and success. During this time he made his home at
Wake Forest, where he died on July 3,
1852.11
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Resolutions by a committee of the Philomathesian Society found in the Biblical
Recorder of August 6, 1852. In the Annual Report of the Board of Managers in the
Convention minutes of 1852 it is said that for the past five years he had been "the
laborious and efficient agent. In the department of our operations to which he was
assigned, his place will be hard to fill, for his talents, disposition, as well as the
amenity of his manners, were calculated to have
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