Historian, teacher, editor. Born– Feb. 19, 1904, Birmingham, Ala. Parents– Spencer Bidwell and Lizzie (Dodson) King. Married– Caroline Paul, Dec. 26, 1934. Children– Three. Education– Mercer University, A.B., 1929; George Peabody College, M.A., 1936; University of North Carolina, Ph.D., 1950; additional study at Emory University, Vanderbilt University, and University of Michigan. Taught Mars Hill College, 1933-1943; Mercer University, 1946-73, chair, History Dept., 1946-1970.. Visiting summer professor at Furman, Emory, University of Georgia. Chairman of the board of editors for Ardivan Press in Macon, Ga.; columnist, Macon Telegraph and News; Georgia editor, Encyclopedia of Southern Baptists; contributor, Encyclopaedia Britannica and Colliers Encyclopedia. Carnegie grant, 1950; United Daughters of the Confederacy Award, 1962, for contribution to southern literature; Dixie Council of Authors and Journalists Award, 1968; Georgia Writers’ Association First Prize, 1969; Daughters of Colonial Wars Teacher Award, 1973. Awarded professor emeritus status, 1973. Died December 4, 1977.


Contemporary Authors online; Marquis Who’s Who online.


Darien; the Death and Rebirth of a Southern Town. Macon, Ga.; Mercer University Press, 1981.

Ebb Tide as Seen Through the Diary of Josephine C. Habersham. Athens, Ga.; University of Georgia Press, 1958.

Georgia Voices; a Documentary History to 1872. Athens, Ga; University of Georgia Press, 1966.

Selective Service in North Carolina in World War II. Chapel Hill, N.C.; University of North Carolina Press, 1949.

Silver Anniversary History of the Ingleside Baptist Church, 1951-1976, Macon, Ga. S.l.; s.n., 1976.

Sound of Drums; Selected Writings of Spencer B. King. Macon, Ga.; Mercer University Press, 1984.


History of Georgia. S.l.; American Book Co., 1954.


Eliza Andrews’ Wartime Journal of a Georgia Girl. Macon, Ga.; Ardivan Press, 1960.

John C. Butler’s Historical Record of Macon and Central Georgia. Macon, Ga.; J.W. Burke, 1958.

Rebel Lawyer; the Letters of Thodorick W. Montfort. Athens, Ga.; University of Georgia Press, 1966.