1768 - 1852 (84 years)
||William King |
||9 Feb 1768
||Scarborough, Cumberland Co., ME
||17 Jun 1852
||Bath, Sagadahoc Co., ME
- First Governor of Maine.
The Twentieth Century Biographical Dictionary of Notable Americans: Volume VI, page 254
KING, William, governor of Maine, was born at Scarborough, Maine, Feb. 9, 1768; son of Richard and Mary (Blake) King. He was a half-brother of Rufus King, and a grandson of Samuel Blake, of York, Maine. His father was a commissary in the British army at Annapolis, Nova Scotia, in 1744, and subsequently established himself in business in Watertown, Mass., and in 1746 in Scarborough, Maine. William received a very meagre schooling, and when a mere boy worked in a lumber mill in Saco, and afterward at Topsham, Maine. He became the owner of the mill and store with his brother-in-law, Dr. Benjamin Porter. He removed to Bath in 1800, and there amassed a fortune as a lumber manufacturer and shipbuilder. He was married, in 1802, to Ann Frazier, of Scarborough, Maine. He was a Democratic representative from the town of Topsham to the general court of Massachusetts, 1795-96, and a state senator from the town of Bath, 1800-03, and from the Lincoln district, 1807-08. He was elected the first governor of the state of Maine in 1820, and resigned the office in 1821 to accept the appointment of U.S. commissioner for the adjustment of Spanish claims in Florida. He was appointed commissioner of public buildings for Maine in 1828, and was authorized to procure plans for the construction of a state capitol at Augusta. The models furnished by Charles Bulfinch, of Boston, which were copies of the Massachusetts capitol on a reduced scale, were accepted, and the structure was finished under his supervision. He was collector of the U.S. customs at Bath, Maine, 1831-34. He organized and was president of the first bank opened in Bath, owned much real estate, including the whole town of Kingfield, Franklin county, which was named in his honor, and was [p.254] one of the incorporators and principal owner of the first cotton mill in Brunswick, Maine, erected in 1809. He was major-general of militia, and received the commission of colonel in the U.S. army as a recruiting officer in the district of Maine, during the war of 1812. He was a benefactor and trustee of the Maine Literary and Theological institution, afterward Colby university, 1821-48. The state of Maine is represented in Statuary hall, Washington, D.C., by his statue. He died in Bath, Maine, June 17, 1852.
||Stedman/Steadman/Steedman Families of the New World
||7 Jan 2006 |
||Capt. Richard King, Sr., b. 30 Dec 1718, Boston, Suffolk Co., MA , d. 27 Mar 1775, Scarborough, Cumberland Co., ME (Age 56 years) |
||Mary Blake, b. 8 Oct 1736, York, York Co., ME , d. 19 May 1816, Scarborough, Cumberland Co., ME (Age 79 years) |
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|Born - 9 Feb 1768 - Scarborough, Cumberland Co., ME