Benning family photographs
Collection number: ahc.VIS343
Scope and Content
This collection contains images of the Benning family and the construction of the English-American (Flatiron) Building in Atlanta, Georgia.
- 1893-1961, undated
- Benning, Kathleen Petty (Person)
Conditions Governing Access
This collection is open for research.
Conditions Governing Reproduction and Use
This material is protected by copyright law. (Title 17, U.S. Code) Permission for use must be cleared through the Kenan Research Center at the Atlanta History Center. Licensing agreement may be required.
Thomas Cobb Benning (1799-1874) and Margaret Elizabeth Broughton Benning (1816-1887) lived in Chatham County, Georgia, and had four children: Thomas Theodore (1835-1887); Augustus Harrison (1840-1904), also called Gus or A.H.; Henry Columbus (1845-1898); and Rowena Eloise (1831-1898). The family moved to New York in the mid-1860s. After serving as a private in the Confederate Army, Henry C. Benning went into business in New York City, marrying Ella M. Van Nuise (1856-1896) in 1888. Thomas Jr. and Augustus Benning joined the United States Merchant Marine and both rose to the ranks of captain by working on voyages to Hong Kong. After Thomas Jr. died of yellow fever, Augustus moved to Atlanta, Georgia, and joined the coal merchant firm of Moss and Morson. He became the sole owner of the company and changed its name to Benning Coal and Wood Company in the early 1890s. Augustus was also the president of the English-American Loan and Trust Company, which financed the construction of the English-American Building (commonly called the Flatiron Building), on Peachtree Street. In 1888, he married Margaret Rowena Russell (1867-1945) of Atlanta, and had five children: Augustus Harrison, Jr. (1901-1939); Elizabeth Lawrie Benning Kistner (1889-1941); Theodore Russell (1892-1972); Thomas Cobb (1894-1984); and Broughton Walton (1897-1964). After Augustus' death, Margaret owned and operated rental properties in the Atlanta area. Broughton W. Benning was a radio operator involved with the American Radio Relay League, founded in 1914.
268 image(s) (249 black and white photographic prints, 11 cabinet cards, five postcards, two color photographic prints, and one tin type)
System of Arrangement
This collection is arranged alphabetically according to titles supplied by staff.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
VIS 343 was previously catalogued as KPB.
This collection was reprocessed in 2018.
- Architecture -- Georgia -- Atlanta -- Pictorial works
- Automobiles -- Georgia -- Atlanta
- Benning family
- Benning, A. H. (Augustus Harrison)
- Benning, Broughton Walton, 1897-1964
- Benning, Ella Van Nuise, 1856-1896
- Benning, Gertrude
- Benning, Henry, 1845-1898
- Benning, Kathleen Petty
- Benning, Kitty
- Benning, Margaret Rowena Russell
- Benning, Thomas Cobb
- Benning, Thomas Theodore, 1835-1887
- Boats -- Georgia
- Children -- Georgia -- Atlanta
- Dogs -- Georgia -- Atlanta
- English-American Building (Atlanta, Ga.)
- Family life -- Georgia -- Atlanta
- Horse-drawn vehicles -- Georgia -- Atlanta
- Houses -- Georgia -- Atlanta
- Military uniforms
- Mount Vernon (Va.)
- Norcross, N. I.
- Older people
- Portrait photography
- Portraits, American -- Georgia -- Atlanta
- Proctor, Betsy
- Proctor, Mary
- Soldiers -- United States
- Urban landscape architecture -- Georgia -- Atlanta.
- Benning family photographs
- Timothy Cole Hale
- October 2018
- Description rules
- Language of description
- Finding aid is written in English.