424 History of Wake Forest College
The internal affairs of the College were never better than during the
four years while he was its head, and at the close of his term of
service its friends were more numerous and enthusiastic than they had
ever been before.19
On leaving Wake Forest White became president of the Browns-
ville, Tennessee, Female Seminary, whose directors, it seems had for
some years been seeking his services. Here he remained less than two
In 1855 he went to Greenville, Illinois, where he had been a lawyer
before coming to Wake Forest, to assume the presidency of Almira
College, a school for women, a position which he held for twenty-
three years. This college now Greenville College, was founded by his
colleague at Wake Forest, Stephen A. Morse, and named in honor of
the wife of Morse, Almira Blanchard Morse, who gave her
inheritance of six thousand dollars to the institution. After leaving
Wake Forest, Morse had engaged in business in Greenville, and also
in Kansas and had been very successful. It was at his instance that
White returned to Greenville to take charge of this institution. White
and Morse had when boys attended the same high school in New
Hampton, New Hampshire. While yet in high school both were
interested in providing better education for women. Later they were
roommates and classmates at Brown University, both graduating in
1832. They had come to Wake Forest near the same time; Morse left
in June, 1841, but White remained twelve years longer, when, as has
been said, he went to Tennessee. On May 5, 1855, he lost his wife,
who was Miss Mary P. Merriam, daughter of Rev. Isaac Merriam,
whom he had married in 1838. On her death with their children, four
daughters and two sons, he went to Greenville. The records show that
he proved an able and efficient president of Almira College. For four
years he traveled in its interest. He was also absent for two years
during the Civil War, when he was chaplain in an Illinois regiment.
After the War he again returned to his work
Report of Board of Managers in minutes of Baptist State Convention for 1853.
Several letters in the Biblical Recorder of that time speak with much satisfaction of
the standing of the College.
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