HON. PERCY S. KING
Standing out distinctly as one of the central figures of the judiciary of northern California is Hon. Percy S.
King, judge of the superior court of Napa county. Prominent in legal circles and equally so in public matters of
a civic nature, with a reputation in one of the most exacting of professions that has won for him a name for distinguished
service second to none of his contemporaries, there is today no more eminent or influential man in his community.
Achieving marked success in the courts of his section of the state, wearing the judicial ermine with becoming dignity
and bringing to every case submitted to him a clearness of perception and a ready power of analysis characteristic
of the able jurist, his name and work for years have been allied with the legal institutions, public enterprises
and political interests of the state in such a way as to earn him recognition as one of the distinguished citizens
of his locality.
Percy S. King was born in the state of Iowa in 1866. His father, the Rev. E. H. King, who was a minister of the
Methodist Episcopal church, brought his family to California in 1874 and here spent the remainder of his life.
Our subject received his elementary education in the public schools and then entered Napa College in 1881. On completing
his studies there, he determined to devote his life to the practice of law, and as a means to that end he engaged
in teaching school, engaging in that profession in Napa county and at Carson City, Nevada, during which period
he was devoting himself indefatigably to the study of law. After he was admitted to the bar, he returned to Napa
and entered upon active practice. His ability and strength as a lawyer were quickly recognized and he soon took
his place among the able and successful members of the Napa county bar, being connected as counsel with most of
the important litigation in the courts of this and neighboring counties. In 1920 his ability and high character
were substantially recognized in his election as judge of the superior court of his county, in which capacity he
is still serving.
Politically Judge King has been a lifelong supporter of the republican party and has been active in its councils
for many years. He was elected a member of the state legislature in 1903-05, serving also in the special session
of 1906, and he rendered able and appreciated service as a member of the state's law making body. He is a director
of the Bank of Napa. For many years he was a member of the California National Guard and for six years was captain
of Company H of the Fifth Regiment. Fraternally he is a member of the Napa lodge, Free and Accepted Masons, of
which he is a past master.
Judge King was married in 1891 to Miss Lizzie Klamm, who was born and reared in this state, and they have become
the parents of five children, namely: Carol, Percy E., who is represented in a personal
sketch elsewhere in this work, Catherine C., Lyman and Elizabeth. As a citizen Judge King is public spirited and
progressive, lending his cooperation in the furtherance of all measures for the public welfare or the advancement
of the community along material, civic or moral lines. Possessing a genial and friendly manner, candid and open
hearted in his relations with those about him, he has long enjoyed not only the confidence and respect of the entire
community, but also the warm and loyal friendship of all who have been admitted to his intimacy.
History of Solano County, California
BY: Marguerite Hune
Napa County, California
BY: Harry Lawrence Gunn
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Napa County, CA
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