434 History of Wake Forest College
for the deaf or blind and of these two, J. E. Ray and G. E. Lineberry,
became heads of their institutions.
Another group consisted of ministers of the gospel who more or
less regularly combined the offices of preacher and teacher. They
were survivors of a day when it was thought that every head of a
boarding school or college should be a minister. Before the War the
heads of the associational academies of which account is given in
chapter XXXV, Volume I, were ministers and so were most of the
teachers in the years 1865 to 1870. After the war the feeling remained
strong that the head of an academy should be a preacher as well as a
teacher. He was preferred to others, since parents were ready with
more confidence to entrust their sons and daughters to his care.
Accordingly, on leaving college many young ministers had charge of
academies for several years. At the same time they served as pastors
of churches one or more Sundays in the month and doing two services
earned a living income. Some of the most successful educators
belonged to this group. One of these was G. W. Greene (B.A. 1870),
for fourteen years head of the Moravian Falls Academy; another was
J. A. Campbell founder of Buie's Creek Academy and first president
of Campbell College which succeeded it. But as the work of teaching
was tending to become specialized in the later years of this period, the
preacher-teachers gave up their teaching, most often to get further
training in a theological seminary, and sometimes to have full time to
devote to their ministerial work.
In the list of teachers will be found the names of many, perhaps
one-third of the whole number, who remained in the school work only
a short time, often not more than a year or two. Most of the students
of these years came to the College with the expectation of teaching a
few years after graduation. In fact, as many can testify, they were
often influenced to go to college on the representation that when they
had graduated their services as teachers would be in demand and by
teaching they could in a year or two
Williams, Union University; R. W. Weaver, C. L. Smith and Spright Dowell,
Mercer University; T. J. Simmons, Shorter and Brenau. A fuller list of Wake Forest
men who became College presidents will be given later.
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