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Washington Manly Wingate Papers

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Washington Manly Wingate was a Baptist minister, philosophy professor, and fourth president of Wake Forest College. Materials in this collection include correspondence, biblical records, memorials, biographies, and pictures, as well as a notebook of philosophy writing.

Biographical and Historical Note

Washington Manly Wingate was born July 28, 1828 in Darlington, South Carolina, to William and Isabella Blackwell Wingate. Wingate graduated from Wake Forest College in 1849, then studied at the Furman Theological Institute for two years. He married Mary E. Webb in December 1850, and had seven children: Alice, Lizzie, Walter Blackwell, William Jonathan, Belle, Sally, and Ruth. Wingate became and ordained Baptist minister on March 3, 1852.

W.M. Wingate was hired as a professor of moral and intellectual philosophy and rhetoric and president pro tempore of Wake Forest College in June 1853. He served as president until his death in 1879. When Wake Forest closed during the Civil War, from May 1862 to January 1866, Wingate preached for soldiers, edited for the Biblical Recorder, and published a tract called  I Have Brought My Little Brother Back. He died from heart complications on February 27, 1879, and was buried in cemetery at Wake Forest's original campus.

Collection Overview

The Washington Manly Wingate Papers contain correspondences, pictures, biblical records, biographies and memorial papers. The collection also contains Wingate's honorary D.D. diploma from Columbian College, now known as George Washington University, and a notebook of philosophy writings at Wake Forest College. This collection is arranged in alphabetical order.

Collection Inventory

  • Biographies and reflections (circa 1824-1978) Box 1 Folder 2
  • Correspondence (1873-1878) Box 1 Folder 3
  • Correspondence: letters from Hewlin and Burn to G.W. Paschal regarding W.M. Wingate (1921) Box 1 Folder 4
  • Honorary diploma, Columbian College (1865) Box 1 Folder 5
  • Mary E. Webb correspondence (1871) Box 1 Folder 6
  • Mary E. Webb to John Mitchell (1852-1853) Box 1 Folder 7
  • "Memorial Address on the Life and Character of Rev. W.M. Wingate, D.D.," by Rev. F.H. Ivey (1879) Box 1 Folder 8
  • "My times are in thy hands" Psalm 31:15 writing (undated) Box 1 Folder 1
  • Philosophy notebook (undated) Box 1 Folder 10
  • Photographs and portraits (1887-1979) Box 1 Folder 11
  • Tributes to W.M. Wingate, typescripts (circa 1879) Box 1 Folder 9
  • Wake Forest announcement, commencement brochure (1865-1877) Box 1 Folder 12

Summary Information

Z. Smith Reynolds Library Special Collections and Archives
Washington Manly Wingate Papers
Date [inclusive]
0.21 linear feet

Administrative Information

Publication Information
Z. Smith Reynolds Library Special Collections and Archives 2018 October 15
Access Restrictions
Collection is open for researchers. 
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Preferred Citation
Washington Manly Wingate Papers (MS123), Z. Smith Reynolds Library Special Collections and Archives, Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, NC, USA. 

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