30 History of Wake Forest College
Among those who were students of the College in the years 1866-
70 but did not graduate several attained distinction. W. O. Allen was
prominent in the work of the denomination and for several years was
manager of the Baptist Book Store in Raleigh. R. J. Biggs was a
successful merchant of Baltimore. T. H. Briggs of Raleigh conducted
a hardware business which was known all over the State; for many
years he was a trustee and treasurer of the College. H. C. Dockery
was a large planter of Richmond County, and like his distinguished
father, General Alfred Dockery, a trustee of the College. C. C.
Newton was for many years a heroic missionary in Lagos, on the
West Coast of Africa. Fred A. Olds, long regarded as the best
newspaper reporter in the State, accomplished a great work with the
North Carolina Hall of History, which may almost be called his
creation, and continued as its director until the year of his death, 1935.
He was also known for his interest in social and religious matters,
especially in connection with the Boy Scouts. F. M. Simmons
afterwards finished his college course at Trinity College, and was
long the most influential man in North Carolina politics, and for thirty
years United States Senator. J. W. Thompson was one of the State's
most prominent citizens; for eight years he was steward of the North
Carolina Insane Asylum, as it was then called, and he was also clerk
of the Superior Court of Wake County. For many years he was a
familiar figure on the streets of Raleigh. W. A. Poole was a minister
of the Gospel, "preaching on Sundays" and in the week days serving
his county, Alexander, as clerk of the Superior Court. W. C. Powell
was one of the leading manufacturers of naval stores in the South, and
also interested in cotton mills. J. C. Bond was clerk of Superior Court
of Chowan County; D. D. Ferebee was sheriff of Camden County.
Among those who became physicians were T. H. Skinner, L. P.
Sorrell, S. J. Montague, W. W. Jones, and F. M. Toon. A. H. Lennon
became a dental surgeon. W. F. Heathman became a lawyer. Among
those who became ministers of the Gospel and served Baptist
churches were W. A. Barrett, D. Bedford Brown, Q. T. Simpson, J. T.
Westcott, and Jesse