18 History of Wake Forest College
from endowment and fees of students were voted as compensation to
the faculty; in a meeting in Raleigh in May, 1866, a modification was
made by which two and one-half per cent was reserved for necessary
repairs on the College Building. On October 11, following, the
Trustees fixed definite salaries: for President Wingate $1,500, for
Professors William Royall and W. G. Simmons $1,200 each, and the
same amount for Professor W. T. Walters who was requested to act as
agent, but did not serve. The tutor, W. B. Royall, was to receive $750
a year, but in case two tutors were needed the salary of each was to be
$600. The scale of salaries for full professors continued with little
change until June, 1884, when the salary was made $1,500.26 Until
this time, however, there were very few years in which the salaries of
the faculty were paid in full; as late as 1883 the Bursar's report
showed large amounts due them.
It was doubtless owing to improving financial conditions in the fall
of 1866, of which mention is made below, that the Trustees felt
encouraged to urge Wingate to resume the duties of the presidency
and to fix definite salaries, at that time fairly liberal, for him and the
members of the faculty. With seventy students already in attendance
Wingate adopted the suggestion of Trustees and set about securing a
second tutor, or adjunct professor, as such assistants seem to have
been often called. Again, as in his selection of Professor William
Royall in 1859, and later in his selection of Professor Charles E.
Taylor in 1870, Wingate showed that fine judgment of men which
proved so valuable to the College. His choice now fell on Luther Rice
Mills, who had graduated at the College with the degree of Bachelor
of Arts in the class of 1861.
As Mills was to play such an important part in the work of the
College for the next forty years, it is fitting that something should
here be said of his previous life. He was born in Halifax County,
Virginia, August 17, 1840, and was the son of Rev. John Garland
Mills, who was an eminent Baptist minister and planter with scores of
slaves. Almost immediately after graduation Mills had
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26 Proceedings, p. 288, June 11, 1884.
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