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recruits for all phases of their work-the Sunday school, young
people's organizations, leaders in prayer meetings, deaconships,
business affairs, able directors of representatives on denominational
boards and agencies, and in associations and conventions. Today one
can hardly go to any town or city in North Carolina in which he will
not find one or more lawyers educated at the Wake Forest College
School of Law' in places of leadership in the Sunday school and other
phases of church work.
These lawyers also on leaving college were soon exerting a wider
and wider influence on the social and political life of the State. No
longer did the condition complained of by Elder James S. Purefoy in
1884
obtain.19
Already in July, 1914, Dean Gulley was able to
say,20
Now Baptists do hold office in North Carolina, not because they are Baptists, but
because they are fitted for the places, and the College is no longer considered as a
mere training ground for ministerial students, much as it has served the world in that
way, but it is generally recognized as one of the great dynamos at work continually
for the uplift of the people of the State in material progress, in civic service, in
moral advancement, and in spiritual welfare.
Nearly half the practicing lawyers in the State have received all or
part of their training in the Wake Forest College School of Law; they
are in almost every county, and one or more in every large town and
city of the State. They are filling important public offices, such as
those of governor, justice of the Supreme Court, judges of courts of
all grades and names, federal judges, solicitors in the state and federal
courts, legislators, and Representatives and Senators in the Congress
of the United States. By their ability and the high character of their
services they have gained for the College a name and respect and
good will which have greatly increased its usefulness, and the number
of its friends.
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19 Biblical Recorder, March 19, 1884, The first paragraph of Mr. Purefoy's brief
letter is as follows: "There are sixteen State officers from Governor down to the
clerks; eight Superior Court Judges, three Supreme Court Judges, eleven
Congressmen, two in the Senate and nine in the House of Representatives; thirty-
eight in all, and among all these there are only two Baptists.”
20
Bulletin of Wake Forest College, IX, 141.
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