504 History of Wake Forest College
and in a measure helpless her presence was to us a well spring of
(Another member of the faculty whose services in that position all
fell within the time of the administration of President Taylor was
Exum Green Beckwith. Something has been said of his work at the
College in the body of the text, and that need not be repeated here. He
was a native of Wake County, born near Clayton, North Carolina. He
died at Wake Forest on June 25, 1892, of gastritis after several weeks
of acute suffering. The following is from a sketch by President
Professor Beckwith was the son of Christian parents and was reared
in a Christian home. In early life he gave his heart to Christ and
followed him faithfully to the end. From 1877 to 1882 he was a
student of Wake Forest College. and few students have ever been
more assiduous in labor or punctual in duty. In 1882 he represented
the Phi. Society as one of the anniversary debaters, and received his
degree as Bachelor of Arts. During the two following sessions he was
both student and Tutor. In 1884 he took the Master of Arts degree.
The next session he spent in Johns Hopkins University, in the special
study of Physics and Mathematics. During 1885-86 and 1886-87 he
was principal of an academy at Clayton, N. C. In the latter year he
was elected Assistant Professor of Mathematics in Wake Forest
College, and held the position until his death. On December 16, 1888,
he was ordained as a minister of the gospel at Mount Moriah Church,
where he served as pastor until his death. Other churches in Wake and
Franklin counties have also enjoyed his services.
Professor Beckwith was not a showy man, but he was true to the
core. He could always be depended on as a friend and a helper. He
was quiet and unobtrusive in manner, but prompt and efficient in the
discharge of every obligation. Hundreds of young men who have
passed under his instruction will bear testimony that he spared not
himself in his efforts to help them. Everybody was compelled to
respect his religion. He lived it as well as preached it. There was no
taint of agnosticism in his convictions. His faith was old-fashioned in
its objects as well as in its intensity. Few of us will ever forget the
prayers he offered in the chapel-how he seemed sometimes in utter
oblivion of self to be pressing through the presence chamber of the
Kin- right up to the throne!
Biblical Recorder, June 29, 1892. North Carolina Baptist Almanac, 1895,
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