132 History of Wake Forest College
the service he attained the rank of adjutant and served until the end of
the War.
Soon after the War he took up his interrupted education, entering
the University of Virginia, and from this institution he graduated with
the degree of Bachelor of Literature in 1870. After his graduation he
complemented his education by several months' travel in Europe.
He was elected to be "Assistant Professor of Languages," "it being
left to his option to enter upon his duties at the beginning of the first
or second term of the session." He was at the College and took up his
work on September 15,
1870.2
In the catalogues of the College for
1870-71 to 1879-80 he is described as "Professor of Latin and
German"; for 1880-81 to 1882-83, as "Professor of Latin"; for 1883-
84 and 1884-85, as "Professor of Latin and Moral Philosophy"; for
1885-86 to 1915-16, as "Professor of Moral Philosophy." He was
further described as "President," 1884-85 to
1904-05.3
Here it may be well to give a general review of Dr. Taylor as
instructor. He first gained reputation as a teacher of extraordinary
ability in his classes in Latin. Among his students the first year were
many who in one way or another have become widely known, such
men as A. C. Dixon, D. A. Covington, John E. Ray and R. T. Vann.
They and other students of his classes in these years used to delight in
telling anecdotes illustrative of his insistence upon grammatical
accuracy in translation and his drilling in fundamentals .4 Owing to
one feature of this insistence
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2 Judge E. W. Timberlake used to tell how he and some companions met Dr.
Taylor with bag in hand coming from Forestville, the day of his arrival, and how
they scanned him and remarked to one another, "This is the Professor of Latin."
3
Beginning with the catalogue of 1871-72, Dr. Taylor, with a touch of pride in the
institution had inserted after his name and degree ("Univ. of Va."). It was many
years before designation of institutions were made after the names and degrees of
other professors.
4
"Mr. Vann, what case is oot(ut)?" "I do not see any such word as cot,' Professor."
"The first word after ‘contendit,' Mr. Vann." "Oh, I see, you mean `ut'; I never heard
it call 'oot' before. Why `ut' hasn't got any case; it is a conjunction, introducing the
purpose clause." "Yes sir, but it is an old form of the ablative."
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