Thomas Butler King letters
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Thomas Butler King letters

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Georgia Historical Society
Creator: King, T. Butler, (Thomas Butler), 1800-1864.
Title: Thomas Butler King letters
Dates: 1835-1837, 1839
Extent: 0.05 cubic feet (1 folder)
Identification: MS 0464

Biographical/Historical Note

Thomas Butler King (1800-1864) was a lawyer, planter, diplomat, and Representative from Georgia in the U.S. Congress. King was born in Massachusetts and educated in Pennsylvania. In 1824, he married Anna Matilda Page, daughter of Major William Page of Georgia. King became owner of the Retreat Plantation on St. Simons Island after the death of his wife's parents.

King served as a member of the State Senate in 1832, 1834, 1835, 1837, and 1859. He served in the U.S. Congress from 1839-1843 and 1845-1850. He was chairman on Naval Affairs from 1850-1852. In 1861, he was appointed a commissioner of the Confederacy from 1861-1863.

King was particularly involved in the construction of Georiga's original railway system and the Southern Pacific Railroad. In 1840, he served as Presidnet of the Brunswick Railroad and Canal Company.

Scope and Content Note

The collection consists of eight letters of Thomas Butler King to his brother, Henry King, 1835-1837. The letters to Henry King pertain to family matters, crops, and financial matters. Three of the letters also concern the Brunswick and Florida Railroad. Also included is a letter from King to Peter J. Williams, 1839, concerning the Brunswick and Florida Railroad.

Items are arranged chronologically.

Index Terms

Brunswick and Florida Railroad Company.
King, Anna Matilda, 1798-1859.
King, Henry, active 1837.
King, T. Butler, (Thomas Butler), 1800-1864.
Williams, Peter J., active 1839.

Administrative Information

Custodial History

Collection purchased from Benjamin Tighe of Athol, Massachusetts.

Preferred Citation

Thomas Butler King Papers, MS 464, Georgia Historical Society, Savannah, Georgia.

Acquisition Information

Purchased, 1960.


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.

Separated Material

Artifacts were separated and cataloged with the Georgia Historical Society Artifacts Collection. View digital images of artifacts at the end of this collection inventory or search the Digital Image Catalog for further information.


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

Container List

A-0464-001 Red and black lacquer box with a Chinese design in gold and the name T. Butler King, circa 1835 View online.