640 History of Wake Forest College
Moore County and became a member of the Congress of Texas. He
died there in 1843. Another student who entered the Institute in the
first year was William G. Sutton of Bertie County. He remained at the
Institute for four years, and after leaving practiced his profession in
Williamston and Tarboro until his death in 1855. William Raleigh
Gordon, of Camden County, was at the Institute in the years 1836-37.
Afterwards he was a planter in his native county and a lawyer
practicing in the courts of Camden and the neighboring counties.
Another of this period was George Washington of Craven County,
one of the three of that name who have been Wake Forest students.
While at College he wrote an article for the Biblical Recorder, on
"Wake Forest Institute," published earlier in this work, which shows
good literary style. He was the first clerk of the Wake Forest Baptist
Church. He located in Alabama and practiced his profession there. R.
M. Noxon was another who registered in the first year of the Institute.
He remained at College until 1837, and succeeded George
Washington as church clerk. He located at Edenton.
Of the graduates who became lawyers, the first to receive his
degree was Burwell Micajah Baxter, of Currituck County. He entered
in 1835 and graduated in 1841. To his practice of law he added the
occupation of a planter. His home was in Currituck County. He died
in 1881. The next who after graduation became a lawyer was Henry
Bate Folk, of Bertie County, who entered the College in 1846 and
graduated in 1849. Going to Tennessee he became a lawyer practicing
his profession in Memphis and Brownsville in that State until 1887
when he left the law for the ministry. He was afterwards manager of
the Baptist and Reflector of Nashville, Tennessee, of which his son,
Edgar Estes Folk, an alumnus of the College in the class of 1877,
became editor in 1889 and continued as such until his death, February
27, 1917. Another son, also an alumnus of the College, Henry Bate
Folk, Jr., had a brilliant but a brief career as a journalist. Graduating
in 1883 he became Assistant Editor of the New Orleans Times-
Democrat, and later of the St Louis Republican, but after a few
months died, September 16, 1885. Another son, who also became