316 History of Wake Forest College
Gulley was no less valuable in quickening the mental processes and
enlarging the conceptions and equipping one for life than courses in
The Wealth of Nations or the educational theories of G. Stanly Hall or
the philosophical subtleties of Hegel.
The School of Law has never had a very large faculty. During the
first twelve years, 1894-1906, all the teaching in the regular session
was done by Professor Gulley, except that for the years 1900-1904
Mr. S. F. Mordecai, then a leading member of the Raleigh bar, came
to Wake Forest twice a week and gave lectures on Common and
Statute Law and Equity. And who wished attended; Mr. Mordecai had
no class rolls and reported no grades. His rank was Assistant
Professor of Law. He filled this position with much satisfaction, until
he left in 1904 to become dean of the newly established School of
Law of Trinity College, now Duke
Mr. Mordecai was
the only lecturer of the kind the School of Law ever had, since Strong
and Clark never assumed the service. A lecturer did not fall in with
the general scheme of studies in Law at Wake Forest, and in his report
to the Trustees in May, 1905, Dean Gulley asked for a first-class man
to assist in the work of teaching.
In response to Dean Gulley's request for a "first-class man," the
Trustees, after waiting a year, in May, 1906, elected E. W.
Timberlake, Jr., Associate Professor of Law at a salary of $1,200 a
year, and three years later, in May, 1900 advanced him to the rank
and pay of full professor. Professor Timberlake graduated from the
College with the Bachelor of Arts degree in 1901; for the years 1901-
03 he was Professor of Greek and English in Oak Ridge Institute; then
taking up the study of Law in the University of Virginia he received
the degree of Bachelor of Laws from that institution in 1905. From his
election, with some interruptions in classroom work on account
15 Bulletin of Wake Forest College, IX, 140.
From Gulley's report to the Board, May, 1905: "Permit me in this connection to
say, that in my opinion the services of a mere visiting lecturer are not worth what
they would cost, and that the mere use of the name of any man is practically
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