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Collection Number: 00401

Collection Title: Pendleton King Papers, 1860-1913.

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Size 2.0 feet of linear shelf space (approximately 280 items)
Abstract Author; scholar; first secretary in the American Legation at Constantinople, 1886-1890; U.S. consul at Aachen, Germany, 1906-1913. Native of Guilford County, N.C. Correspondence between King and his brother, Robert Ruffin King, a Greensboro, N.C., lawyer, concerning investments and family news; letters from European bookdealers; personal bills and receipts from European travel, 1906-1913; essays on various topics; memorandum books, 1894-1904; thirteen notebooks of reading lists in various fields; an account book, 1860-1880, of W. F. Linville and John King, merchants of Guilford County, N.C.; and other items.
Creator King Pendleton, 1844-1913.
Language English
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Restrictions to Access
No restrictions. Open for research.
Copyright Notice
Copyright is retained by the authors of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.
Preferred Citation
[Identification of item], in the Pendleton King Papers #401, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Received from Robert Ruffin King of Greensboro, N.C., in the 1920s and from Patsy White Cotten of Chapel Hill, N.C. in February 1995 (Acc. 95021).
Sensitive Materials Statement
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Pendleton King, educator, scholar, and diplomat, was born at Kings Crossroads near Stokesdale in Guilford County, N.C., to John and Lydia Ann Bowman King. King attended Oak Ridge Academy and New Garden Boarding School (now Guilford College) before entering Haverford College from which he was graduated in 1869. He taught at both Oak Ridge and New Garden, serving as principal teacher in the Boys School of the latter institution, 1870-1871. King returned to Haverford for the A.M. degree in 1872 and then joined the faculty of Louisiana University, Baton Rouge, where he taught English and natural history for three years.

After a year in Philadelphia, King spent three years in Europe, traveling and studying at the University of Berlin and in Paris. While abroad, he married Helen Ninde of Fort Wayne, Ind. The couple had two children, Helen and Rush Ninde.

Upon returning to the United States, King was active in the Democratic Party. In 1884, G. P. Putnam and Sons published his Life and Public Service of Grover Cleveland, a campaign biography that so impressed the Cleveland that he appointed King first secretary in the American Legation at Constantinople. He served in Turkey from March 1886 to June 1890. On several occasions, he was active in protecting the rights of American Jews in Palestine.

In June 1894, King was appointed chief of the Bureau of Indexes and Archives of the Department of State, a post he held until December 1905, when he was commissioned as consul at Aix la Chapelle, Germany. He served in that position until his death at Giessen, Germany, of heart failure following surgery for gallstones. He was buried at Fort Wayne.

King was a bibliophile and his collection of 7,000 books, which he willed to the Greensboro Carnegie Library, was acquired by the library of the University of North Carolina in 1921-1922.

[Based on note in the Dictionary of North Carolina Biography, volume 3, 1988.]

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Correspondence between King and his brother, Robert Ruffin King, a Greensboro, N.C., lawyer, concerning investments and family news; letters from European bookdealers; personal bills and receipts from European travel, 1906-1913; essays on various topics; memorandum books, 1894-1904; thirteen notebooks of reading lists in various fields; an account book, 1860-1880, of W. F. Linville and John King, merchants of Guilford County, N.C.; and other items.

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Contents list

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Series 1. Loose Papers, 1906-1913.

About 250 items.

Included is scattered correspondence, 1906-1913, between King and his brother Robert Ruffin King about investments and routine family matters and between King and various European book dealers. Also included are a few writings on various subjects.

Bills and receipts relate to King's travels in Germany and elsewhere and include records of hotel stays, book purchases, and other expenses.

Folder 1

Correspondence #00401, Series: "1. Loose Papers, 1906-1913." Folder 1

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Writings #00401, Series: "1. Loose Papers, 1906-1913." Folder 2-12

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Folder 16

Bills and receipts #00401, Series: "1. Loose Papers, 1906-1913." Folder 13-16

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31 items.

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About 500 items.

Materials 1876-1879 are largely courtship letters between Pendleton King and Helen Ninde of Fort Wayne, Ind. Much of this courtship took place while one or both of them were traveling in Europe. Items in 1880 and 1881 are chiefly letters about routine matters between Pendleton and Helen after their marriage. The few items dated from 1885 through the 1890s relate to business deals involving Pendleton and his brother John King of Greensboro. In the 1910s-1920s, there are a few postcards on routine matters of Pendleton's son Rush Ninde King.

Folder 48-54

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Folder 54

1876-February 1879 #00401, Series: "Addition of February 1995 (Acc. 95021)" Folder 48-54

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Folder 63

March 1879-1920s #00401, Series: "Addition of February 1995 (Acc. 95021)" Folder 55-63

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Processing Information

Processed by: Brooke Allan, 1964, Roslyn Holdzkom, March 1995

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