226 History of Wake Forest College
James King, and Thomas Stradley, while remaining strong friends of
the College had severed their connection with the Board many years
before. Those living and still members of the Board were Alfred
Dockery, William Hooper, C. W. Skinner and George W. Thompson
of Wake Forest. At this first meeting after the War Charles W.
Skinner, who was probably living with his son, Dr. T. E. Skinner, in
Raleigh at the time, was present with him, to do what he could in
helping to revive the College to which he had devoted his labors and
large and numerous benefactions in former years. He was also present
at the annual meetings of the Board in 1866 and 1867, in which year
he left the State with his son who had accepted a pastorate in
Nashville, Tennessee, and thus gave up his membership on the Board,
but on a visit to the College at the Commencement of 1869 he was
asked to sit with the Trustees and aid them in their deliberations. He
died May 15, 1870. Alfred Dockery, who had had such a large share
in starting the institution, attended the annual meeting of 1866. Grown
old and feeble he gave up his membership in 1870; he died December
3, 1873. Dr. William Hooper, one of the leaders in founding the
institution, though the record does not show that he attended any
meeting of the Board at this period, maintained his membership until
June, 1870; he died August 19, 1876. George W. Thompson, when his
strength was equal to it, attended meetings regularly, for the last time
at the commencement of 1888; his name was on the roll of active
membership at the time of his death, December 7, 1891, fifty-eight
years after he had been named a trustee. Only one of the charter
members, D. S. Williams, who left the State in October, 1855,
survived; he died in November, 1896, in his ninetieth year. Though
there is no record of the election of Samuel Wait to membership on
the Board, he is named as a member in the first catalogue of the
College, that of 1839-40, and as already told in the years before the
War was the most regular attendant of its meetings.1 After the War he
was present at two of the meetings, November 11, 1865, and October
11, 1866.
Vol. I, 186 n.
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