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after his graduation; was ordained as pastor of Hertford Church in
November, 1855, Dr. William Hooper preaching the sermon; read
theology for a time with Dr. J. A. Broadus, at Charlottesville,
Virginia, in 1858; filled the pulpit of the Fredericksburg Baptist
Church, Virginia, during the year 1859; was called to Franklin Square
Church, Baltimore, Maryland, in January, 1860, where he remained
till August, 1863, when he was imprisoned and banished to the South
for being a rebel and refusing to swear allegiance to the United States
Government; filled the pulpit of the First Church, Raleigh, from
November, 1863, to May, 1865, during the absence in Europe of Dr.
T. E. Skinner, the pastor; settled as pastor of the First Church,
Petersburg, Virginia, July, 1865; resumed care of First Church,
Raleigh, February, 1868. He was for seven years Chairman of the
State Mission Board, and Corresponding Secretary too a good part of
that time; for several years he was associate editor of the Biblical
Recorder; was trustee of seven different institutions, Wake Forest, the
University of North Carolina, and Southern Baptist Theological
Seminary being among the number; received the degree of Doctor of
Divinity from the University of North Carolina in 1868; married Miss
Fannie G. Brinson of New Bern, North Carolina, in November, 1858;
had five living children and was thankful that he was the son of a poor
Baptist preacher.
In the first volume of this work was given some account of
Pritchard's work as agent in 1854-55; of his zeal for the College, of
the eloquence with which he urged its claims; and of the acceptance
accorded him. Now as he was becoming the chief executive he was in
the prime of his powers.
His geniality and kindly spirit had won him many friends not only
among Baptists but among the people of the State generally. As
shown by old letters, the members of the various Legislatures from
1868 to 1879 came to know, love and respect him, for he took an
interest in them and in their work. On matters of denominational
concern he had visited all parts of the State and had become perhaps
more generally known in North Carolina than
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