494 History of Wake Forest College
Therefore, be it resolved by the Philomathesian Society, That, the Board of
Trustees be and is hereby memorialized to correct as near as possible the evil now
presented to their consideration by granting this Society an equal representation in
the Society as soon as practicable. (Signed) H. D. Fowler, B. T. Simmons, J. C.
Devin, Com.
This resolution was put in the hands of Dr. Wait, President of the
Board. The minutes of the Board, however, make no direct reference
to it, but it was probably this that caused the introduction of a
resolution calling for the resignation of Professor W. H. Owen, which
after violent discussion was laid on the table. At this Commencement,
however, the Trustees appointed as tutor B. F. Cole, a young minister
from Chatham County, who was just graduating. He was a young man
of much promise, but his career was cut short by his death on
November 18, following. This left the Philomathesians represented on
the Faculty by Simmons alone, who, so far as the record shows, took
very little interest in the Society at this time. Owen continued to hold
his place; at the meeting of the Trustees on June 8, 1858, he was
summarily asked to "hand in his resignation at that meeting of the
Board." This he did, the resignation to take effect at the close of the
session, in December, 1858. At the same meeting W. T. Brooks, a
Euzelian, resigned from the faculty of the College, his resignation
also to become effective in December, 1858. In June, 1859, the
Trustees elected J. H. Foote, a Philomathesian, to take the place of
Owen. At the same time, the Trustees took pains to say, and the editor
of the Biblical Recorder said for them editorially, that they had
unchanged confidence in Wingate's singleness of purpose to serve the
For some reason, however, the Philomathesians were not satisfied.
With increased endowment, although the number of students had
fallen off from 118 in 1854-55 and 127 in 1855-56 to less than 100 in
each of the three years thereafter, it was decided to add another
member to the faculty. It seems that the Philomathesians expected that
a Philomathesian would be appointed, but Wingate
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