Administration of William Hooper 411
Mount Vernon Female Seminary in Chatham
Here he
remained hardly a year since it was impossible to correlate the
receipts of the school with the rising scale of prices for provisions.
Returning to Fayetteville, he remained there until the close of the
In 1867 he joined with his son-in-law, Professor J. DeBerniere
Hooper, in the conduct of Wilson Collegiate Seminary for Young
Ladies, and continued in this work until 1875, when he went to
Chapel Hill with his son-in-law, who had been elected to a place on
the University faculty.
In religious faith, as we have seen, Dr. Hooper, was first an
Episcopalian; in 1822 he became pastor of the Protestant Episcopal
Church at Fayetteville. Changing his views on baptism in
consequence of having a two or three-year old child, to whom he was
administering the rite, curse him with language like a sailor, he after
six years became a Baptist, being baptized into the membership of Mt.
Moriah Baptist Church by Rev. P. W. Dowd. After this he was active
in the councils of the Baptists and did much to promote the Baptist
cause both in North Carolina and in South Carolina. At all the
educational institutions with which he was connected he often
preached, conducting the Sunday morning chapel services, common
in those days. During his stay at Wake Forest he was, by virtue of his
position as president, pastor of the Baptist Church. In 1853-54 he was
pastor of the New Bern Baptist Church. He was also pastor of
Buckhorn and probably some other churches in the vicinity of
Murfreesboro. His sermons have been highly praised by competent
critics. Many of them have been published; two of them, preached
during his
11 Biblical Recorder, September 16, 1863. In a letter in this paper of October 28,
1863, Dr. Hooper, who was then seventy-one years of age, makes this apology for
again entering the schoolroom: "Blest with a remarkable degree of health for my
time of life, I feel willing to spend the remnant of my years devoted to the
acquisition of knowledge in training the minds of such young people as may be
committed to my care, a favorite employment and in which a long experience
authorizes my son and myself to claim, I hope without boasting, some degree of
12 Ibid.
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