The relative lack of memory for IgG antipolysaccharide responses is believed to be secondary to the inability of polysaccharides to associate with MHC class II molecules and thus a failure to recruit cognate CD4+ T cell help. However, little is known concerning the role of T cells and the generation of memory for antipolysaccharide Ig responses to intact extracellular bacteria. We used heat-killed, intact Streptococcus pneumoniae, capsular type 14 (Pn14), to evaluate the IgM and IgG responses specific for the capsular polysaccharide (PPS14), the phosphorylcholine determinant of the cell wall C-polysaccharide, and the cell wall protein, pneumococcal surface protein A (PspA). We demonstrate that the IgG (but not IgM), anti-PPS14, and anti-PspA responses to Pn14 are CD4+ T cell dependent and TCR specific. Nevertheless, in contrast to the anti-PspA response, the IgG anti-PPS14 response shows no apparent memory, an accelerated kinetics of primary Ig induction, and a more rapid delivery of CD4+ T cell help. In contrast, the IgG anti-phosphorylcholine response, although also dependent on CD4+ T cells, is TCR nonspecific. We make similar observations using soluble conjugates of PPS14-PspA and C-polysaccharide-PspA. These data lead us to suggest that the central issue concerning the mechanisms underlying different functional outcomes for anti-bacterial IgG responses to capsular polysaccharide vs protein Ags is not necessarily based on the ability to recruit cognate CD4+ T cell help, but perhaps on the nature of the B cell Ag receptor signaling that occurs and/or on the responding B cell subpopulations.