62 History of Wake Forest College
he had saved was always dear to him. His son was for a while a
student there." He died at his home on the St. John's River, Palatka,
Florida, in 1863. The statement has been made that his vote for the
Wake Forest charter prevented his being elected Governor of North
Carolina, but this was probably only expression of opinion.13
Recognition should here be made of the services of the Committee
appointed by the Baptist State Convention to secure the charter. Even
in the Convention the question of constitutionality had been raised,
and the Committee was instructed to ask for a charter-"in accord with
the Constitution of the State." At Raleigh they found fierce
opposition. But they were men of ability and influence, and versed in
political methods. Stephen Graham is said by Dr. Hufham14 to have
been "not only the most prominent physician but also the most
influential Baptist of Duplin County," the son of a Baptist preacher,
and a member of the Legislature a few years before. Dockery of
Richmond and David Thompson likewise had been members of the
body; the Biddies of Craven County were wealthy, and the Outlaws of
Bertie had long been conspicuous in politics. All were experienced
and skillful fighters and not to be outdone.15
The charter as it came from the Legislature was as follows:
AN ACT TO ESTABLISH A LITERARY AND MANUAL
LABOR INSTITUTION IN THE COUNTY OF WAKE
I. Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of North
Carolina, and it is hereby enacted by the authority of the same, That
William P. Biddle, John Armstrong, William Sanders of the county of
Craven; Isaac Beeson of Guilford; James Watkins of Anson; Thomas
Boyd of Mecklenburg; John Portevant of Brunswick; Thomas
Stradley of Buncombe; Hugh Quinn of Lincoln; Alfred Dockery of
Richmond; William Crenshaw, George W. Thompson, Allen S.
Wynn, William Roles, Alfred Birt [Burt], John Purify of Wake;
Simon J. Jeffers [Jeffreys], Thomas Crocker, Allen Bowden of
Franklin; James King of Person; John Culpepper, Sen., of
Montgomery; John
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13 Sikes, "Wake Forest Institute," Bulletin of Wake Forest College" January,
1909, p. 200.
14 “How We Got Our Charter." 15 Sikes, "Wake Forest Institute."
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