Biography of William W. King
Franklin County, NY Biographies





William Wallace King. - Among the successful business men of Malone, William Wallace King is among the most prominent, having engaged in the insurance business here for several years. He was born at Malone, Nov. 9, 1888, the son of William H. and Jennie C. (Lawrence) King.

William H. King was born at Malone, March 14, 1851, the son of Howard E. King, who was born at Keene, N. H., in 1826. The latter settled in Malone in 1831, having come here with his father, William W. King, who became successful as the owner of a tannery at this place. He later sold the tannery and conducted a mercantile business on Main Street, just west of the present site of the Flannigan building. This business was conducted by William W. King and his son, Howard E. King, until 1849, at which time the latter became a member of the firm of Wm. W. King & Son. In 1876 the father retired and Howard E. King and his son, William H. King, and John W. Fay, succeeded to the business, which was thereafter known as H. E. King & Company. In 1900 a younger son, John H. King, purchased the business from his father and brother and he successfully managed the enterprise until 1920, when it was sold to J. F. Duffy. Thus, the King family concluded 83 years as leading merchants in Malone. On Sept. 5, 1876, William H. King married Miss Jennie C. Lawrence, the daughter of Hon. D. W. Lawrence, a former member of the New York legislature from Franklin County. William H. King died Oct. 31, 1920, and his wife, who was born May 21, 1855, died June 15, 1910. Their children were: 1. Delia A., born June 20, 1878, died June 20, 1882. 2. Lawrence H., born Dec. 13, 1879, died Sept. 5, 1908. 3. William Wallace, the subject of this sketch. 4. Katharine L., born Feb. 25, 1894, died Dec. 21, 1917. She was a graduate of Franklin Academy and Smith College, and at the time of her death was executive secretary of the Smith College Alumnae Association.

William Wallace King attended the Malone public schools and in 1908 was graduated from Franklin Academy. He spent the following two years at Dartmouth College, and upon his return to Malone entered the employ of J. O. Ballard & Company. During the following three years he was also identified with the Rutland Railroad Company and H. D. Thompson & Company. He went to Tonawanda, N. Y., in 1913 with the Cramer-Thomas Hardware Company, and the next year engaged in business for himself, being identified with Cook and King Hardware Company, Inc., of Brockport, N. Y. The business was sold in 1919 and at that time Mr. King resumed his former employment at Malone with H. D. Thompson & Company. In 1923 he purchased a half interest in the insurance business of L. M. Irving, and after one year he became owner of the agency. Mr. King handles general insurance and is resident agent for the Commerce Insurance Company of Glens Falls, N. Y. He has offices at 27 East Main Street.

Mr. King was married (first) on Aug. 21, 1912, to Miss Ruth L. Brown, the daughter of Rev. John S. Brown, a minister of the Methodist Church, of Johnsonburg, N. Y. She died Dec. 17, 1918, leaving a son, Lawrence H., who was born July 20, 1915. Mr. King married (second) on June 29, 1920, Miss Ida L. Hildreth, of North Bangor, N. Y., the daughter of Frank J. Hildreth. They have a daughter, Catherine M., born May 25, 1923.

Mr. King is a Republican, a member of the Congregational Church, and belongs to the Masonic Lodge, Loyal Order of Moose, and Elks Lodge. He also is a member of the Rotary Club, Chamber of Commerce, and Malone Fish & Game Club. He has been secretary of the Franklin County Agricultural Association for four years, and in 1927 was secretary of the Malone Association for Old Home Week, which proved to be the most successful gathering of Old Settlers ever attempted in Northern New York.

From:

The North Country
A History, Embracing
Jefferson, St. Lawrence, Oswego, Lewis
and Franklin Counties, New York.
By: Harry F. Landon
Historical Publishing Company
Indianopolis, Indiana 1932


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