Excerpt from Bulletin of Wake Forest College, Vol. 8: April, 1913; Catalogue, Seventy-Eighth Session, 1912-13
During the first quarters of the lgth century there were few schools in North Carolina. The State University was the only institution of higher learning. The efforts to or ganize a public school system had proved futile. During this period there came into North Carolina several well trained young Baptist ministers, among Whom were Samuel Wait, Thomas Meredith, and John Armstrong. They found the Baptists of the State numerous but Without organization or educated leadership. Under the inﬂuence of these men was organized in 1830 the Baptist State Convention, one of Whose chief purposes was the tralning of young men called to the ministry. There was no school under Baptist con trol to which such young men could be sent. There were in the State, however, schools taught by Baptists. These young men were sent to them, and their expenses were borne partly by the Convention. The need of a Baptist school was urgent. At the second annual session of the Convention, in 1832, a committee was appointed to plan such a school.
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