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in 1845 as pastor of the First Baptist Church, he also opened a school
for girls, Sedgwick Seminary, which he operated with much success
until his death, January 21, 1850. Among his grandsons, Dr. H. A.
Royster and Dr. James Finch Royster, for several years preceding his
death head of the English department of the University of North
Carolina, graduated from the College.3
James McDaniel was at Wake Forest only for the year 1837-38, but
the College gave him the degree of Master of Arts in 1851, and that of
Doctor of Divinity in 1868. He too is among the great Baptists of the
State. He helped organize the Fayetteville Baptist Church and was its
pastor for thirty-two years. His other principal pastorate was the First
Baptist church at Wilmington, where he was for six years. He was one
of the founders of the Baptist State Convention, and was its president
for nineteen years. He was also a Trustee of the College from 1838
until his death in 1870.
R. A. Moore was at the College in the year 1857-58. In the Civil
War he was colporter in the Forty-Third North Carolina Infantry.
After the War he labored as a minister and colporter in Iredell,
Davidson, Chatham, Alamance and Robeson counties. He died at Red
Springs in 1921. One of his sons, Rev. J. R. Moore, is an alumnus of
the College.
J. B. Solomon was at the College during the years 1845-48, and
was ordained at Wake Forest in 1848. For some years he was a state
missionary of the Baptists; from 1853-1860 he was pastor of the
Baptist Church in Warrenton; from 1860-64 pastor of the Leigh Street
Church in Richmond, Virginia. In 1867-68 he was president of
Warrenton Female College; from 1870 to 1873 he was Professor of
English in the University of West Virginia; from 1873-75 he was
president of Monongahela College; and later pastor of churches in
Pennsylvania, Kentucky, Louisiana and Indiana. He spent his last
years in Chicago.
J. A. W. Thomas, who was at the College in 1840-41, was not
ordained until 1849. While he was in the work of the ministry in
3 See the Memoir in The Sermons of Rev. Josiah J. Finch, Charleston, 1853. The
sermons are on a wide variety of topics and show clearness of conception and good
analytic powers.
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