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|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.|
|Curatorial Unit||University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Library. Southern Historical Collection.|
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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.
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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.Back to Top
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