32 History of Wake Forest College
of President Poteat, and will grow in value and interest with the
passing of the years.4
On account of his well known ability as a public speaker President
Poteat was in constant requisition to make addreses through all the
twenty-two years of his administration, as well as before and after.
His interest covered almost the entire range of life scientific
investigation, literature, history, antiquities, art, education, religion,
social reform, temperance, medicine, law, theology, Sunday schools,
industries, war and peace, and hardly a week passed but he was
sought to address assemblies on some phase of these subjects or
This ability in public speech and his wisdom in council sometimes
brought him into places of prominence in organizations of which he
had become a member. On January 12, 1917, he made an address
before the North Carolina Society for Mental Hygiene in the House of
Representatives, Raleigh, on assuming
4 There is a substantially bound set of the Bulletin in the Library of the College,
and possibly another bound set in some of the offices. Many of the numbers are
very rare.
The following from the Bulletin of Wake Forest College for July, 1922,
indicates something of the nature of President Poteat's activities as a speaker: "The
following engagements have been met by President Poteat: Wake Forest Alumni
Dinner, Wilmington, February 4; First Baptist Church, Wilmington, Men's Meeting,
February 5; Weldon Baptist Church, two addresses, February 19; funeral of the late
Samuel Derieux, Columbia, S. C., February 28; annual Congress on Medical
Education, Chicago, March 6 and 7; Teachers' Assembly, Columbia, S. C., March
17; business with Farmers' Loan and Trust Co., New York City, March 27; North
Carolina Conference for Social Service, Greensboro, March 28; County
Commencement Address, Beaufort, March 31; County School Commencement,
Mountain View, Wilkes County, April 12; High School Commencement Address,
Mount Gilead, April 18; Piedmont High School, Commencement Address, April 26;
Chapel Address, University of North Carolina, April 27; Epsom High School
Commencement Address, April: 28; Youngsville High School Commencement,
April 29; Reynoldson High School Commencement, May 2; Margarettsville High
School Commencement, May 3; Pittsboro High School Commencement, May 8;
Southern Baptist Theological Seminary Trustees meeting on May 16; Southern
Baptist Convention, Jacksonville, Florida, May 17-21; Baccalaureate Sermon,
Salem College, May 28; Asheboro City Schools Commencement, May 29;
Warrenton City Schools Commencement, June 1; Smithfield City Schools
Commencement, June 2; Baccalaureate Sermon, University of Richmond, June 4;
Address Grove Avenue Baptist Church, Richmond, evening June 4;
Commencement Address, State Normal School for Women, Fredericksburg,
Virginia, June 5; Address Rutherfordton, July 4."
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