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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.|
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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.]Back to Top
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.Back to Top
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.
Bills and receipts
Volume 1: 1860-1880. Account book of the firm of W. F. Linville & John King, including accounts, November 1860-February 1864, with individuals for sundries; accounts, 1865-1880, of the partners with each other and with the firm; and listings of the firm's accounts with creditors.
Memorandum books of Pendleton King containing almost daily entries documenting the number of hours he spent on office work, reading, and writing letters. There is also occasion mention of visits King made and visitors he received.
Volume 2: 1894
Volume 3: 1895
Volume 4: 1896
Volume 5: 1897
Volume 6: 1898
Volume 7: 1899
Volume 8: 1900
Volume 9: 1901
Volume 10: 1902
Volume 11: 1903
Volume 12: 1904
Volume 13: 1906-1913 (includes personal expenses)
Volume 14: 1912
Volume 15: 1913
Volumes 16-28: Notebooks containing bibliographies in several general fields, some labeled "How and What to Read" or "Lists for Future Reading."
Volume 29: Notebook containing book list for "History of the United States," 1897.
Volume 30: Binder containing typescripts of poems and short, meditative essays.
Volume 31: Portfolio containing a book manuscript on selecting library materials.
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.