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came president of the United States, Woodrow Wilson.5
Those upon whom the College has confererd the degree of Doctor
of Divinity will be found to compare favorably with those who have
received the same degree from any other like institution. Among them
are missionaries, such as M. T. Yates, G. W. Greene, C. A. Leonard,
and W. C. Newton, J. B. Hipps and H. H. McMillan; directors of
denominational enterprises like Love and Maddry and Kesler;
presidents of colleges, like A. J. Emerson, R. W. Weaver, Archibald
McDowell, E. M. Poteat; editors of denominational papers, such as C.
T. Bailey, L. Johnson, H. C. Moore, E. E. Folk; professors in
theological seminaries such as W. W. Barnes, J. B. Weatherspoon, A.
T. Robertson, and C. H. Toy; great preachers, such as L. G.
Broughton, J. L. White, J. W. Lynch, J. Clyde Turner, W. F. Powell,
Harry Emerson Fosdick; others both wise leaders in denominational
councils and active in the work, such men as W. R. Gwaltney, J. E.
White, J. B. Richardson, J. D. Hufham; rarely a great Baptist leader in
another section of the country, such as G. Arvid Hagstrom of St. Paul,
the trusted bishop of the Swedish Baptists of the
Northwest.6
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5 The degree was given Wilson in 1887 while he was on the Bryn Mawr faculty,
and was the first honor of the kind he received. He never forgot it.
6 The faculty learned very early to be wary of recommending unknown ministers
for the degree, but once they got caught. The most brilliant of all the young
ministers of the metropolis was recommended to them-hardly out of college he was
called upon to supply the pulpits of the largest Baptist churches of New York; he
had become a chaplain in the Navy; with the D.D. he would get a larger salary,
which many of other denominations, in ability not to be compared with this paragon
but having the degree, were receiving. Moreover, he was an appreciative kind of
fellow and could be expected to win much good will for the College among the
wealthy people of his social circle, and he would be certain to make the College the
recipient for the first year of $600 increase in his salary which the degree would
entail: so the committee of the faculty, Poteat, Carlyle, Royall, reported. By a bare
majority the faculty thought he ought to have the degree. The $600 never came. The
bearer of the College's D.D. was never heard of again, except in connection with a
book he had published and which was reviewed by J. Will Bailey in the Biblical
Recorder of July 3, 1901. In the preface it was said that one-fourth of the profits
from the sale of the book would go to the College. But Will Bailey did not think
much of the book, which was entitled, "A Chaplain's Experience Ashore and
Afloat." In it the author told of how
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