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Spencer Bidwell King


Spencer Bidwell King, American educator. Recipient Carnegie grant for history research, 1950-1951. Named An Outstanding Educator of America, 1971; recipient Daus. Colonial Wars Teacher award, 1973.


King, Spencer Bidwell was born on February 19, 1904 in Birmingham, Alabama, United States. Son of Spencer Bidwell and Lizzie Emma (Dodson) King.


Bachelor of Arts, Mercer U., 1929. Master of Arts, Peabody College, 1936. Doctor of Philosophy, University North Carolina, 1950.

Student Vanderbilt University, University of Michigan.


Principal Fruitland Institute, Hendersonville, North Carolina, 1930-1933. Instructor history Mars Hill College, 1933-1946, assistant dean, 1942-1946. Visiting professor Furman U., summers 1940, 43, 44.

Associate professor of history Mercer U., 1946-1948, professor, 1948-1973, emeritus, 1973-1977, department chairman, 1946-1970. Visiting professor of history Emory University, summer 1960, U. Georgia, summer 1963. Columnist Macon Telegraph, 1960-1965.

Research assistant Institute Research Social Science U. North Carolina, 1945. Chairman of the Board editors Ardivan Press, Macon, 1960-1962. Trustee Macon Youth Museum, 1956-1965.


  • Author: Selective Service in North Carolina in World World War II, 1949. (with Coulter and Saye) History of Georgia, 1954. Ebb Tide as Seen Through the Diary of Josephine Clay Habersham, 1863, 1958.

    Georgia Voices: a documentary history to 1872, 1966. Darien—The Death and Rebirth of a Southern Town, 1981. Editor: J.C. Butler’s Historical Record of Macon and Central Georgia, 1958, 69, Eliza Frances Andrews’ Wartime Journal of a Georgia Girl, 1960, 3d edit., 1981.

    Rebel Lawyer: Letters of Theodorick W. Montfort, 1861-1862, 1965. Georgia editor: Encyclopedia of Southern Baptists, 3 vols., Encyclopedia British, Collier’s Encyclopedia. Contributor articles and book reviews in history, literature journals.


By Christ living within, and by the powerful work of the Holy Spirit, people can inadequately yet genuinely love and live in the spirit of God’s commands.


The diversity of religious expressions is guaranteed by the separation of church and state. However, church and state should interact in different social and political fields for the benefit of the whole society.


Different kinds of small groups inside the overall Baptist movement should be encouraged to developed, so that both leaders and members of the societies could receive support and challenge in their faith.


Member history commission Southern Baptist Convention, 1966-1973. Member Southern History Association, Georgia Society History Research (president 1953), Southern Baptist History Society (president 1970), Middle Georgia History Society (president 1976), Kappa Phi Kappa, Pi Gamma Museum. Club: Palaver.


Married Caroline Janet Paul, December 26, 1934. Children: Spencer Bidwell III, Janet Paul (Mistress Donald Lowell Wayman), Margaret Caroline (Mistress Robert J. Edenfield).

Spencer Bidwell King

Lizzie Emma (Dodson) King

Caroline Janet Paul

Spencer Bidwell III King

Janet Paul King (Mistress Donald Lowell Wayman)

Margaret Caroline King (Mistress Robert J. Edenfield)