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cordingly, it can be seen that Owen in all probability contributed more
to the education of the students of that period than any of his
colleagues. It was the work in his classes that chiefly formed their
literary tastes and gave them what ability they may have had to write
and speak correct English. And that he did this work well may be seen
by a consideration of some of the men he taught. It was Owen who
trained Matthew T. Yates, S. G. O'Bryan, Lewis H. Shuck, D. R.
Wallace, W. G. Simmons, T. H. Pritchard, A. J. Emerson, J. D.
Hufham, Benjamin J. Lea, B. F. Marable, W. T. Faircloth, C. S. Ellis,
Fitz Henry Ivey, and J. H. Mills. All of these were masters of a
correct and easy English style, and some of them such as Pritchard,
Mills, and Hufham writers of force and elegence. It is no little thing to
Owen's credit to have had the chief part in training them.
In everything that involved the welfare of the College, its honor, its
progress, the moral and religious development of the students, and the
good name of his colleagues on the faculty, Owen showed his interest
and zeal. Did the College feel that its life depended on getting a
renewal of the loan from the Literary Fund? Owen wrote an able letter
to Governor
Graham.14
Did Dr. Wait need a word of appreciation as
he was ending his years of service as president of the College? It was
Owen who spoke
it.15
Was a word of explanation needed to allay
criticism of the college curriculum? Owen published a statement.16
Was some unwise proposition made, such as that in 1849 for the
establishment of a Medical Department at the College? Owen in a
carefully worded article showed the futility of the proposition. Were
people in the State apprehensive about affairs at the College in a
period in which there was no president? It was Owen who relieved
their fears in a timely letter.17 Was a member of the faculty unjustly
attacked in the public press to the detriment of the College? Owen
was the first to come to his
defense.18
And he manifested great joy as
often as the prospects of the institution brightened.19
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14 See letter from Owen to Graham in files of North Carolina Historical Com-
mission.
15 Biblical Recorder, 31, 1845. 16 Ibid., July 13, 1850.
17
Ibid., January 6, 1854.
18
Ibid., July 8, 1853.
19
Ibid., October 15, 1857.
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