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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


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.

Administrative/Biographical History

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

Gift, 1973

Related Archival Materials

Benning family papers, MSS 60, Kenan Research Center at the Atlanta History Center


VIS 343 was previously catalogued as KPB.

Description Control

This collection was reprocessed in 2018.

Benning family photographs
Timothy Cole Hale
October 2018
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
Language of description note
Finding aid is written in English.

Repository Details

Part of the Kenan Research Center at Atlanta History Center Repository

130 West Paces Ferry Road
Atlanta GA 30305