King, William R. (William Rufus), 1786-1853

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Birth 1786-04-07
Death 1853-04-18
English

Biographical notes:

U.S. Representative from North Carolina, a Senator from Alabama, and the thirteenth Vice President of the United States.

From the description of William R. King letter, 1832 Dec. 12. (Louisiana State University). WorldCat record id: 86117079

KIng was U.S. minister to France from 1844 to 1846.

From the description of Letter : Paris, to L.H.A. Fengel, Basle, Switzerland, 1844 July 28. (University of Chicago Library). WorldCat record id: 78573272

From the description of Letter : Paris, to L.H.A. Fengel, Basle, Switzerland, 1844 July 28. (University of Chicago Library). WorldCat record id: 52247287

William Rufus King was born in Sampson County, NC, on April 7, 1786. He represented North Carolina in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1811 to 1816. For the next couple of years, he served as secretary of the U.S. legation in St. Petersburg, Russia. In 1818 he moved to Dallas County in the new Alabama territory where he was elected a delegate to the convention that framed Alabama's first constitution. He served in the U.S. Senate from 1819 to 1844, when he resigned to become minister to France. In 1848 he was appointed by Alabama Governor Chapman to the U.S. Senate seat vacated by Arthur P. Bagby. In 1852 he was elected as vice president on the ticket with Franklin Pierce. Ill with tuberculosis, he was in Havana, Cuba on inauguration day. By a special act of Congress, he was allowed to take the oath of office in Havana on March 4, 1853. He returned to his home in Cahaba, Ala., where he died on April 18, 1853.

From the description of Family papers, 1714-1964. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 122543151

William Rufus De Vane King, U.S. senator from Alabama, who was later elected vice president of the United States.

From the description of William R. King letters, 1825; 1849 [manuscript]. (Oceanside Free Library). WorldCat record id: 24270314

U.S. vice president, U.S. senator and representative from North Carolina, and diplomat. Full name: William Rufus Devane King.

From the description of Letter of William R. King, 1837. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 71009949

William Rufus King (1786-1853) was a United States senator from Alabama, who was later elected vice president of the United States.

From the guide to the William R. King Letters, ., 1825; 1849, (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Library. Southern Historical Collection.)

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Subjects:

  • Vice presidents
  • Slaves
  • African Americans
  • Tariff--Law and legislation
  • Military pensions--Revolution 1775-1783
  • Diplomacy
  • Tariff
  • Diplomatic and consular service, American

Occupations:

  • Vice Presidents--United States
  • Senator
  • Diplomats
  • Representatives, U.S. Congress--North Carolina
  • Senators, U.S. Congress--North Carolina

Places:

  • United States (as recorded)
  • United States (as recorded)
  • Spain (as recorded)
  • North Carolina (as recorded)
  • Washington (D.C.) (as recorded)
  • South Carolina (as recorded)
  • Montgomery (Ala.) (as recorded)
  • Alabama (as recorded)
  • Cahaba (Ala.) (as recorded)
  • Alabama (as recorded)
  • United States (as recorded)
  • France (as recorded)
  • Italy (as recorded)
  • United States (as recorded)
  • Cuba (as recorded)