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William Barton Wade Dent papers

Identifier: NC-0006

Scope and Contents

Papers of former US Representative from Georgia, William Barton Wade Dent, and his descendants. Materials include military documents, financial records, correspondence, materials from Dent's service in the US House of Representatives, and materials created by Dent's heirs and descendants.


  • 1826-1947


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Biographical / Historical

William Barton Wade Dent was born on September 8, 1806, in Bryantown, Maryland. In 1824, he moved to Malloryville, Georgia, and in the following years became a key figure in the founding of the city of Newnan. He served as a colonel in the Georgia militia during the Creek War of 1836. He served in the Georgia House of Representatives in 1843, and in 1849, became a judge in the inferior court of Coweta County. In 1852, he won election to the state House of Representatives as a Democrat and served one term. He died in Newnan on September 7, 1855.


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Papers of former US Representative from Georgia, William Barton Wade Dent, and his descendants.

Processing Information

Collection processed by Dr. Michael Camp in 2020 as part of the Community Archives program at the University of West Georgia Ingram Library Special Collections.

Processing Information

In June 2019, University of West Georgia Ingram Library Special Collections and the Newnan-Coweta Historical Society executed a Memorandum of Agreement under which Special Collections would assess and prioritize processing of archival collections held by the Newnan-Coweta Historical Society, assess preservation needs, and arrange and describe archival materials, thereby making them more publicly accessible. Work on this project was conducted under the leadership of Dr. Michael Camp starting in August 2019.

Processing Information

Funding to support this project was generously provided by the Georgia Historical Records Advisory Council (GHRAC) and the Board of Directors of the Newnan-Coweta Historical Society.
William Barton Wade Dent Papers
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Part of the Newnan-Coweta Historical Society Repository

McRitchie-Hollis Museum
74 Jackson Street
Newnan GA 30263 USA