502 History of Wake Forest College
South Carolina. At twenty-one he was ordained to the Gospel
ministry, having pursued a course of study in theology under Dr.
Thomas Curtis, Sr., and Dr. William T. Brantly, Sr.
His ministerial work included the care of some twenty churches in
all, and extended to six states, North and South Carolina, Georgia,
Florida, Texas and Tennessee. Not less than fifteen hundred persons
were baptized by him. His preaching was thus characterized by one of
his colleagues (Dr. W. L. Poteat) at the memorial services held on the
day of his burial: "With steps not too rapid he went straight to the
heart of the text and laid it open. His illustrations, which always
illustrated, were drawn from his wonderfully rich and varied
experience, or from the realm of science. He studied science unremit-
tingly in all its branches, and mainly, I believe, for the light it might
throw on the truth of God. His mind was of the logical order, with a
power of analysis and insight surpassing that of any other man it has
been my privilege to know. But overspreading the course of the most
exacting argument there was the play of a generous glow of feeling,
which allured the less gifted and somehow seemed to make them
sharers in the reasoning and triumph of the result."
In educational work, no less than in ministerial, he was abundant in
labors. In 1855 he was elected to a professorship in Furman Uni-
versity, which he ably filled for five years. In 1860 he accepted the
professorship of Latin in Wake Forest College. From 1865 to 1870 his
chair was that of Languages. For fourteen months during the war he
was chaplain of the Fifty-fifth North Carolina Regiment. Resigning
his professorship in 1870 he took charge of the Raleigh Baptist
Female Seminary, and afterwards of a similar institution at Louisburg,
North Carolina. Failing health caused his removal, in 1874, to Texas,
where for several years he was the beloved president of Baylor
Female College, at Independence. In 1880 he was recalled to Wake
Forest College to fill the chair of Modern Languages, which at that
time included English. Here again he taught nobly for a period of
twelve years, during the last four serving as Professor of English
In 1868 Furman University conferred on him the degree of Doctor
of Divinity, and in 1888 the University of North Carolina that of
Doctor of Laws.
Active to the last moment, in the twinkling of an eye he quietly
changed worlds.
The faithful and beloved companion of nearly a half century pre-
ceded him to her reward by only five months, her death occurring
July 24, 1892.
His last sermon, preached in the College Chapel, Sunday,
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