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our State, and I predict that the greatest opposition will not come from
Baptists." 14 Two months later, June 16, 1875, the new Board of
Trustees of the University provided for in the Constitutional
amendment, met in Raleigh and made arrangement for its reopening,
by electing a faculty of seven. On this faculty care was taken that both
the Baptists and the Methodists should be represented, the Methodist
member being Rev. A. W. Mangum, and the Baptist member being
Alexander Fletcher Redd, who was elected Professor of Chemistry
and Physics. Since July 9, 1873, he had been editor of the Biblical
Recorder;15
he was a Virginian, and had been educated at the Virginia
Military Institute. A few years before he had come to North Carolina
and taught first at the school of J. H. Horner in Oxford, and later at
that of F. P. Hobgood in Raleigh. He was a licensed but not an
ordained minister. Just what were the scholastic qualifications of
Mangum and Redd for their places is not evident, but it is not open to
question that their denominational connections were not without
weight with the trustees in their choice of them. Dr. Kemp P. Battle,
who was the best possible choice for the presidency of the
resuscitated University for that time, was also conciliatory, and
Baptist parents in the State began to name their sons for him. It was
only accidental perhaps, that the assistant chosen at this time, George
T. Winston, was of a prominent Baptist family. All opposition to the
University was disarmed. No Baptist had any good reason to believe
that the University would longer be what some supposed it had been
before 1868, an institution which, while operated in the name of the
State, was wholly given up to the control of Episcopalians and
Presbyterians, who in educational and cultural matters regarded
Baptists with something of scorn and disdain. In view of these
friendly acts and the recognition shown the Baptists, Dr. J. D.
Hufham, a trustee of the College and its agent, in an editorial article in
the Biblical Recorder of June 23, 1875, gave expression to what was
then doubtless the
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14
“B" of Riddicksville, Gates County, in Biblical Recorder April 14, 1875.
15 Battle, History of the University of North Carolina, II, 45, is wrong in thinking
he was only associate editor. Battle does not mention his connection with
Hobgood's school.
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