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Collection Number: 04421-z

Collection Title: Pipkin Family Papers, 1876-1984

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Size 8 items
Abstract Personal recollections and business papers of South Carolina ancestors of Willis Benton Pipkin (b. 1906). Items of particular interest are J. B. Pipkin's brief account of incidents relating to Sherman's march from Cheraw, S.C., into North Carolina, and Eli Willis's brief account of incidents relating to the Confederate retreat from Charleston, S.C.
Creator Pipkin family.
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 Pipkin Family Papers #4421-z, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Received from Willis Benton Pipkin of Reidsville, N.C., in July 1985.
Sensitive Materials Statement
Manuscript collections and archival records may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal or state right to privacy laws and regulations, the North Carolina Public Records Act (N.C.G.S. § 132 1 et seq.), and Article 7 of the North Carolina State Personnel Act (Privacy of State Employee Personnel Records, N.C.G.S. § 126-22 et seq.). Researchers are advised that the disclosure of certain information pertaining to identifiable living individuals represented in this collection without the consent of those individuals may have legal ramifications (e.g., a cause of action under common law for invasion of privacy may arise if facts concerning an individual's private life are published that would be deemed highly offensive to a reasonable person) for which the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill assumes no responsibility.
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Willis Benton Pipkin was born on 6 February 1905 in Reidsville, North Carolina. His parents were John Benton and Mary Willis Pipkin. Pipkin graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a Bachelor of Science in Commerce in 1926, and received his M.B.A. at Harvard in 1928. He married Ruth Pringle, the daughter of Eli Willis, on 19 September 1931. They had two children, John Benton, II, and Ashmead Pringle.

In the 1920s, Pipkin began a distinguished business career. He was with the credit department of the South Carolina National Bank in Charleston from 1928 to 1929, and from 1929 to 1930 he served as associate professor of business and finance at Tulane University. He was a full professor at Tulane from 1930 to 1932.

In 1932 Pipkin became treasurer of the Edna Mills Corporation, his family's textile mill. He served as treasurer until 1946 when he became president, serving in that capacity for three years. In 1948 he assumed the position of Vice-president of the Bank of Reidsville and held that position for a number of years. He also served on the Board of Managers of Wachovia Bank and Trust Company, Winston-Salem, North Carolina.

For further information see Who's Who in the Southwest, 1969-1970.

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Personal recollections and business papers of South Carolina ancestors of Willis Benton Pipkin (b. 1906). Items of particular interest are J. B. Pipkin's brief account of incidents relating to Sherman's march from Cheraw, S.C., into North Carolina, and Eli Willis's brief account of incidents relating to the Confederate retreat from Charleston, S.C.

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Processing Information

Processed by: Connie Cartledge, September 1985

Encoded by: ByteManagers Inc., 2008

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