Battle; Washington, William S. Pettigrew; Wayne, George V. Strong.
The Convention had 120 members.
Resignations, deaths, and new elections increased this number to about 139.
About one-third of these had been students in this University.
The secretaryship of the convention was given to one of her sons, Colonel Walter L. Steele, the assistant secretaryship to another, Leonidas C. Edwards, and she had more than her share of the ability of the convention.
After we except the names of Judge Badger, Judge Ruffin, Judge Biggs. W. W. Holden, Kenneth Rayner, Governor Reid, E. J. Warren, and a few others, it will be seen that most of the leaders were University men.
When the convention came, on the 18th of June, to choose Senators and Representatives from North Carolina to the Provisional Congress of the Confederate States, which met in Richmond, in July 1861, the dominating influence of the University was still more powerfully felt.
Four men were nominated for the senatorships: Geo