John Pendleton King letter
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John Pendleton King letter

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Georgia Historical Society
Creator: King, John Pendleton, 1799-1888.
Title: John Pendleton King letter
Dates: 1838
Extent: 0.05 cubic feet (1 folder)
Identification: MS 0461

Biographical/Historical Note

John Pendleton King (1799-1888) was born on April 3, 1799 near Glasgow, Kentucky. While a young boy, King's family moved to Bedford County, Tennessee. He entered the Richmond Academy in Augusta, Georgia, in 1817. King became a lawyer and practiced until 1829. During this time he traveled to Europe, befriending General Lafayette while in Paris. In 1831, Governor Wilson Lumpkin appointed King as the Judge of the Court of Common Pleas; he was a member of the Constitutional Convention of 1833. Also in 1833, King was appointed to the U.S. Senate. He was president of the Georgia Railroad from 1831 until 1878. He financed the completion of the main line to Augusta and a branch to Athens with his own funds, and he built the Atlanta and West Point Railroad.

Scope and Content Note

This collection consists of a letter from John Pendleton King to an unknown recipient, 1838, regarding a Mr. Barfield and his debts.

Index Terms

Augusta (Ga.)
King, John Pendleton, 1799-1888.
Letters (correspondence)

Administrative Information

Custodial History


Preferred Citation

[item identification], John Pendleton King letter, MS 461, Georgia Historical Society, Savannah, Georgia.

Acquisition Information



Access Restrictions

Collection is open for research.

Publication Rights

Copyright has not been assigned to the Georgia Historical Society. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Division of Library and Archives. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Georgia Historical Society as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the researcher.


Encoding funded by a 2012 Documenting Democracy grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.

Container List

Item 1: John Pendleton King letter to unknown recipient, 1838 May 31 ( 1.0 p. )
Regarding Barfield and his debts.