The men who became lawyers constitute another group of the Wake
Forest College students of the period 1834-62. Seventy-one of these
are listed in the General Catalogue, of whom seventeen were
registered before 1840, twenty-seven others in the years 1840-49, and
twenty-seven others during the remainder of the period. Of these
fifteen were graduated from Wake Forest
fourteen others
got their degrees from other institutions-nine from the University of
North Carolina, two from Columbian College, and one each from
Princeton, Yale and Brown. Six others did some work at other
institutions before taking up their law studies. Of the others,
seventeen were registered in Wake Forest College for one year only,
eight for only two years and twelve for three years or longer. On the
average the academic attainment of these men on taking up the study
of law was above the general average of the period from 1876 to
1934. The attainments of these men, both those who graduated and
the others, on the whole most strongly commends their native ability
and the character of the training they received in college. Though the
records are incomplete, thirty-one or more, nearly half the number,
are known to have been soldiers in the Confederate States Army, of
whom eleven or more became officers, one a general, one a colonel,
two majors, four captains and so on. Separate notice of some of these
will be found in the individual accounts that follow.
Of the students of the institutions in the Manual Labor days, Hiram
K. Person, of Chatham County, was registered for the years, 1834-36.
In 1836 he delivered the Fourth of July oration, which has been
preserved, and is a fair production for a college student. His further
prominence in the Institute was shown by his being entrusted with the
organization of the Euzelian Literary Society. After leaving Wake
Forest he went to Texas, settled in
This number includes W. T. Faircloth who refused to take his degree and
receive his diploma, because of a disagreement about honors.
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