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strongest friends of the charter were alumni of the University of North
Carolina. Among these was William D. Moseley, the Speaker of the
Senate. Others in the Senate were: H. B. Elliott, Chas. L. Hinton,
Matthew R. Moore, Washington Morrison, and Richard Dobbs
Spaight, while others interested in the University as Trustees or active
friends were Edmund Jones, Alexander Martin, G. C. Mendenhall,
Nathan A. Stedman, Henry Skinner and Joseph B. Skinner. But for
the active support of these men the bill of incorporation would not
have passed. No Senator who was a University alumnus opposed the
bill. It is also worthy of note that the members of the Legislature from
those counties in which Presbyterians were numerous and influential,
such as Mecklenburg, Robeson, Rowan, Iredell and Guilford, favored
the bill, just as uniformly as did members from counties where there
were many missionary Baptists.
The College honored the memory of William D. Moseley, who as
Speaker of the Senate cast the deciding vote for the charter, by
hanging his portrait in Wingate Memorial Hall. This was done largely
as a result of an article entitled "How We Got the Charter" written by
Dr. J. D. Hufham, and printed in the Wake Forest Student for March,
1898. The portrait was lost in the fire that destroyed the building. In
this article we are told that Mr. Moseley came of a long line of
distinguished ancestors. On January 4, 1711, his grandfather, Fully
Moseley, was born in Holland, whither his Baptist parents had been
driven by religious persecution from Wales. Emigrating to Maryland,
he there married. His only child was a son named Matthew, born
November 9, 1755, who in 1777 came to North Carolina and settled
in Lenoir County. In 1783 he married Elizabeth Herring and settled
near LaGrange. He was a Baptist. William was the fourth of his
eleven children, and graduated at the University of North Carolina in
the class of 1818. He was a member of the Senate of North Carolina
1829-38, and Speaker of that body in the session of 1833-34. In 1838
he removed to Florida, of which State he served a term as Governor.
"The College which
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