Clegg, Baxter



Baxter Clegg was born November 11, 1811. He was a native of Chatham County, North Carolina, and belonged to one of its largest and most honorable families. He was educated at Randolph-Macon College, under the presidency of Dr. Olin. He entered the ministry soon after graduation and consecrated a long and useful life to preaching and teaching. For years he conducted a school, which was eminently successful, at Mocksville, in Davie County, devoting –his Sabbath to the pulpit. He afterward founded the high school at Olin, in Iredell County, and continued at its head until 1859, when he removed, with his family, to Louisiana, where he still continued his labors in the pulpit and schoolroom. As a preacher he was clear, pointed, and forcible; his preaching was always logical, instructive, evangelical, and often pathetic. As a teacher he was capable, accurate, diligent, and progressive, and he made his pupils feel the force and power of an educated head and a sanctified heart. As a teacher he imparted knowledge with great faculty; therefore it was a privilege to have been under his tuition. He ever proved himself a true and faithful friend, kind and affectionate to all. A purer and better man in his motives, conversation, and example has never gone in and out before us. He was a man of decision, was always found at his post, and unyielding in whatever opposed him in the path of duty. The pastor in charge of the Vermillionville work had the privilege of visiting him often during the last two years in his home and always found him the same good and holy man of God. In him all had a true and safe counselor. The more intimately acquainted with him anyone became, the more was seen in him to admire and love. Brother Clegg took charge of Homer College in 1859. He was at the head of this college only a few years when he resigned his position and entered the regular work as an itinerant in the Louisiana Conference, where has been actively engaged up to the time of his death. Brother Clegg was beloved by all who knew him, and many mourn his death. His life has been long and useful, but his labors are ended, for God called his servant from labor to rest on the morning of October 16, 1884. He suffered much during the last few months of his life, and especially during his last sickness, but never did a murmur escape his lips—he was patient and submissive under all. He frequently called on his sons to read to him some of those beautiful Psalms of praise and thanksgiving in the midst of his sufferings; and just as he stood upon the shores of time, when life was failing fast, he asked Judge Clegg, his son, to read to him that beautiful twenty-third Psalm. His life passed out without a cloud—it was a glorious, golden sunset. Thus a good and faithful man of God has gone to his reward in the land beyond the shadows.
Source: Journal Louisiana Conference Methodist Episcopal Church, South, 1884

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