Historian, teacher, editor. Born– Feb. 19, 1904, Birmingham, Ala. Parents– Spencer Bidwell and Lizzie (Dodson) King. Married– Caroline Janet┬áPaul, 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 at 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. The annual Spencer B. King Distinguished Professor Award is given each year at Mercer in his honor. Awarded professor emeritus status at Mercer, 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 Theodorick W. Montfort. Athens, Ga.; University of Georgia Press, 1966.