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Granville County homes. Seldom did he miss a meeting of the Board
in his long years of service as trustee; in some instances he was more
modern than his colleagues but he was always cooperative in
promoting the institution's welfare. He died on February 16, 1924.
Another who manifested much zeal and industry in the office of
trustee was W. H. Pace, 1877-93. In the Civil War he served in the
Confederate States Army. Soon after graduating from the College in
1869 he had been admitted to the bar and begun the practice of law in
Raleigh, and had married a daughter of Col. J. M. Heck. During the
whole of his all too brief years as a member of the Board he was
regarded as the best informed man among them on the affairs of the
College, and in their meetings he was able to express an intelligent
opinion on any matter that came to their attention. He was the
regularly appointed legal adviser of the Board, an officer now
designated as college attorney. With much practical knowledge of the
laws on real estate his counsel was most valuable at that period when
much of the endowment fund was lent on real estate mortgages. He
had a leading part in the establishment of the School of Law in 1893.
He was also active in other denominational and church work, and for
several years was president of the Baptist State Convention. He died
on April 27, 1893. L. L. Polk was another trustee of this period,
serving from 1878 to the time of his death in June, 1892. He had
many distinctions-leader in the founding of what is now the State
College of Agriculture and Engineering at Raleigh; editor of the
Raleigh News, 1880, and the News and Observer, 1881, and of the
Progressive Farmer, head of the Farmers' Alliance, and one who had
a chief part in the organization of the Populist party in 1893; he died
unexpectedly on June 11, 1892, when on his way to Omaha to attend
the presidential convention of the Populist party, of which, had he
lived, he would most probably have been the nominee. With all his
other work he found time to devote to the interests of the College.
Noah Biggs of Halifax County, 1878-1914, was another Baptist
layman who devoted his time and means to denominational
enterprises. He loved the College but he was strongly opposed to such
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