132 History of Wake Forest College
the service he attained the rank of adjutant and served until the end of
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.
In the catalogues of
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.
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
telling anecdotes illustrative of
his insistence upon grammatical
translation and his drilling in fundamentals .
one feature of this insistence
Judge E. W.
Timberlake used to
how he and some
Forestville, the day of
his arrival, and
they scanned him
and remarked to one another,
"This is the Professor of Latin."
the catalogue of 1871-72,
Dr. Taylor, with
of pride in the
institution had inserted
after his name and degree ("Univ. of
years before designation of
were made after the names and degrees of
"Mr. Vann, what
case is oot(ut)?" "I do not see any such word as cot,'
"The first word
"Oh, I see,
mean `ut'; I never heard
it call 'oot' before. Why `ut' hasn't got any case; it is a conjunction, introducing
purpose clause." "Yes sir, but
it is an old form