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and another relating to foreign commerce. Others who became
members of the lower house in the Congress were S. M. Brinson, J.
H. Kerr, and John E. Fowler who did not graduate. J. W. Bailey has
been in the Senate since 1930, and is known as one of the ablest
members of that body. Another, I. S. Meekins, has been Judge of the
Eastern North Carolina Federal District Court since January, 1935.
Judges of the Superior Court of North Carolina were H. A. Foushee,
and G. W. Ward, and A. W. Cooke. As has been said, L. R. Varser
was for some years an Associate Justice of the N. C. State Supreme
Court. W. C. Dowd was Speaker of the House of Representatives of
North Carolina; and many others have served in the State Legislature
and other important offices of the State.
Several of the graduates of these years did able work as editors of
papers and journalists. Perhaps the most distinguished of these was J.
W. Bailey, who succeeding his father as editor of the Biblical
Recorder in 1893 continued it until 1907 and surprised the State by
the force and brilliancy of his editorial writings, and for that period
was the most powerful and most feared editor in the State. He was
succeeded by another Wake Forest man of the same period, C. W.
Blanchard, though not a graduate. After a year he was succeeded by
Hight C. Moore, 1890, who edited the paper 1908-17, with so much
sanity and ability that he was chosen for the editorial secretary of the
Sunday School Board of the Southern Baptist Convention, in 1917, a
position he held until 1942. Another Wake Forest man, though not of
this period nor a graduate, Rev. L. Johnson, succeeded Moore as
editor of the Biblical Recorder and continued till his death in
February, 1931, well maintaining the standing of the paper. After his
death, until November, 1939, G. W. Paschal, 1892, was an editorial
writer for this paper. In the field of the daily newspaper F. L. Merritt,
1889, working on the News and Observer and the Norfolk-Virginia
Pilot, C. P. Sapp, 1893, on the same journals, and R. W. Haywood,
first on the staff of Greensboro Telegram and later on that of the News
and Observer did notable work. W. C. Dowd, 1889, established the
Charlotte News, an