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Court judge for sixteen years, 1901-17, serving with distinction; He
died on January 16, 1920. A descendant of Cotton Mather, whose
name he bore, valiant Confederate soldier, severely wounded at
Hatcher's Run, holding many important public positions, he was one
of the most loyal and devoted of the Alumni, and one of the State's
most useful and distinguished citizens.5 Another whose services as
trustee began in this period was John C. Scarborough, 1873-1917,
who for forty-four years seldom missed a meeting of the Board, and
with his wise counsels, courage, loyalty, honesty, helped guide the
fortunes of the College, greatly esteemed by trustees, faculty members
and others. As much is told of his work in other sections of this
history, no more need be said here. He died on December 26, 1917.
Another who had a great and abiding interest in the College was W.
W. Vass of Raleigh, 1852-96, an interest which he maintained for
nearly all the years of his active life; as treasurer of the Seaboard Air
Line Railroad and in other places of financial responsibility he had
cultivated his native sense of monetary values, and was a trusted
adviser on investments. In this same period another treasurer of the
same railroad, but when it was known as the Raleigh and Gaston, did
distinguished service as trustee. This was P. A. Dunn, who with some
intermissions served from 1852-1896. He was a native of the Wake
Forest section and for several years lived in the little brick house,
which as intended has become a part of a larger structure and was the
home of Mr. and Mrs. Fred Dickson; his interest in the College was
great and his judgment on its financial affairs was much respected. He
resigned in 1896. F. P. Hobgood, 1879-1924, was a trustee for forty-
five years. From the time of his graduation from the College in 1868
he devoted his life to the work of education, the last fifty-four years of
that time as president of female seminaries, as collegiate institutions
for young women were then often called: first, at Raleigh, 1870-80;
and later, 1880-1924, at Oxford, where the influence of his college is
still felt in the advanced culture of
5 Bulletin of Wake Forest College, January, 1920-estimate of Dr. W. L. Poteat.
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