Biography of William H. King
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WILLIAM H. KING
Prominent among the legal talent of Salt Lake City is William Henry King, formerly associate justice of the Supreme Court of Utah, and for a number of years closely identified with public life in the State.

Mr. King was born in Fillmore City, Utah, June 3, 1863 His father was William King, and his mother Josephine Henry. At the age of seventeen he was graduated from the Brigham Young Academy, and later he attended the University of Utah. After spending two and one half years in Europe, he began the study of law in the University of Michigan, graduating from the law department of that school in 1888.

April 17, 1889, he was married to Annie Lyman, and about the same time he began the practice of law in Provo City. Judge King, as he is known in Salt Lake City, was early drawn into public life, and from time to time he has been elected and appointed to various offices of trust in Utah. He has served three terms in the legislature of the State, also a term as president of the Senate, in Territorial days. In 1894 he was appointed by President Cleveland to the position of associate Justice of the Supreme Court in Utah, and in 1896 he was elected to represent his State in Congress.

He refused the nomination for the same office in 1898, but was a candidate for the senatorship that year. A deadlock occurring, no one was elected. Mr. King was again elected to Congress at a special election held April 3, 1900. That same year, and again in 1902, he was the unanimous choice of his party for nomination to Congress, but failed of election. Since then he has taken a prominent part in the leadership of the Democratic party in Utah, and in 1908 he was delegate to the National Convention at Denver, and later was the choice of his party in the Utah legislature for the United States Senate.

Mr. King is senior member of the legal firm of King & Burton, one of the best known law firms in the West. Personally he has a host of friends in every part of the inter-mountain country, and he has at all times been regarded as representing the highest type of American culture and ability.

From:
Sketches of the Inter-Mountain States
1847 - 1909
Utah Idaho Nevada
Published by: The Salt Lake Tribune
Salt Lake City, Utah 1909


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