King, Alexander, has for nearly half a century been a resident of Fulton, highly esteemed as a citizen and as
a man of character and worth. His early life was one of much adventure. He spent the years 1849 and 1850 in the
gold mines of California, among hardships and real perils, the magnitude of which is difficult of realization in
these days of transcontinental palace cars. Born at Cambridge, Washington county, in 1825, he was the eldest of
eight children of Ira and Eliza King, who were of Connecticut ancestry. His earlier years were spent in teaching
school, in which noble vocation he was eminently successful. Mr. King's first wife was Mary J. Smith of Washington
county, who died without issue after two years of wedded life. He next married Emeline T. Chapman of Hannibal,
who became the mother of three daughters, Edna A., Florence M., and May L. Florence died when about three years
of age; the other daughters have been successful as teachers. Edna is the widow of the late H. E. Moore, coal and
lumber merchant at Lyndonville, N. Y. May L. is the wife of Victor Loomis of Fulton, who is associated with the
Fulton Machine Co as bookkeeper and shipping clerk. During the late war Mr. King spent three years in the volunteer
service, enlisting as a private in Co. D, 147th Regt., was at once appointed orderly sergeant, and about a year
later was promoted to first lieutenant, serving in that capacity until just before the close of the war, when he
received captain's commission; was severely wounded at Gettysburg, and was in the last strategetic move when Lee
was compelled to surrender. After the war he was for eight years engaged in the business of raising flax. At one
time he served as town superintendent of schools. At present he holds the position of school tax collector in Fulton.
It goes without saying that his political adherence is to the party that looks after the good of all without regard
to sex, sect, color or location, equal rights to all; in fact a real Amercan citizen.
Landmarks of Oswego County
Edited by: John C. Churchill, LL.D.
Assisted by: H, Perry Smith and W. Stanley Child
Syracuse, N. Y.
D. Mason & Co., Publishers 1895
Oswego County, NY
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