Most of the activities of the Trustees to the College are taken
account of in the general narrative; in this chapter I am undertaking to
give a survey of their services both as a body and individually in the
period since the Civil War, dealing with matters for which no
convenient place was found in other chapters. In the first volume of
this work the reader may find many statements about the Trustees of
that period. In the Wake Forest Student for September, 1906, XXVI,
1-25, is found an article by Dr. E. W. Sikes, "First Board of Trustees
of Wake Forest College," consisting of sketches of varying length of
the forty charter members of the Board. In an appendix at the end of
this volume is a list in chronological order of election of all Trustees
from 1833-1934, and with indication when possible of the term of
service of each. The total number, including the charter members, is
nearly three hundred. Every one was chosen because it was thought
that his services would be valuable to the institution; the list is one of
extraordinary men. In it are found the names of wealthy planters of
the ante-bellum period, doctors, lawyers, editors, bankers, railway
officials, merchants, manufacturers, ministers of the gospel,
educators, builders and contractors, two who have been governors of
the State, one who has been a chief justice of the State Supreme
Court, numerous judges of superior and federal courts, senators and
representatives in Congress, a State superintendent of public
instruction, several college presidents. It is one of the chief blessings
of the College that for more than a century it has had such men to
direct its affairs.
At the time of the first meeting of the Board of Trustees after the
Civil War, on November 11, 1865, only ten of the charter members of
the Board were still alive. Of these, two, Allen Bowden and D. S.
Williams, were in other States; one, Amos Battle, was a member of
another denomination; and three, G. W. Hufham,
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