Biography of Rufus H. King
North Central Ohio Biographies

Rufus H. King. One of the leading insurance men of Richland County is Rufus H. King, of Mansfield, who is district agent for the Aetna Life Insurance Company, with offices at 14 1/2 Park Avenue, West. He was born in Mansfield, Oct. 5, 1875, the son of Jerome J. and Mary G. (Miller) King.

Jerome J. King was born in Troy Township, Richland County, May 4, 1842. He obtained his education in the Lexington Union schools and spent his boyhood on his father's farm. In 1859 he went to Johnsville, Morrow County, where he remained until 1861. He then came to Mansfield as a salesman for the P. & A. W. Remy Dry Goods Company. On April 1, 1865, Mr. King entered into partnership with A. W. Remy and they continued in business together as retail grocers until the following year, when Mr. King went into business alone. In 1894 he became an agent for the Equitable Life Insurance Company, and later was appointed general agent for the company. Mr. King is still connected with this firm. He is a Democrat and a member of the Presbyterian Church. On Aug. 27, 1867, Mr. King was united in marriage with Miss Mary G. Miller, who died in 1929. She is buried in Mansfield. To them were born five children: Dr. J. Howard, who is one of the proprietors of the Ashland Drug Company, at Ashland, Ohio; Dr. Allen Miller, a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, died in 1923, buried in Mansfield; Clarence Catlin, deceased; Rufus H., the subject of this sketch; and Mary Louise, the widow of Ray Carter, lives at Mansfield.

Rufus H. King attended the Mansfield public schools and is a graduate of Ohio Normal School. He spent two years as a reporter on the Mansfield "Daily Shield," and two years in the circulation and advertising departments of the same paper. He then went with the sales department of the National Cash Register Company, and traveled for the company in southern territory for seven years. In 1914 he returned to Mansfield as an agent for the Equitable Life Insurance Company and the following year became identified with the Aetna Insurance Company. Mr. King was appointed district agent for the Aetna Life Insurance Company, the Aetna Casualty & Surety Company and the Automobile Insurance Company in 1926.

In 1898 Mr. King enlisted in Company M, Eighth Ohio Volunteer Infantry, and served in Cuba during the Spanish-American War. He was discharged with the rank of corporal, having served in the regiment known as "McKinley's Own." He is past commander of Charles Dick Camp No. 17, United Spanish War Veterans.

In 1906 Mr. King was united in marriage with Miss Maude B. Ackerman, the daughter of William and Mary (Bauhof) Ackerman, the former a native of Esslingham, Germany, and the latter of Switzerland. Mr. Ackerman was the son of Jacob and Magdalene Ackerman and Mary (Bauhof) Ackerman was the daughter of Christian and Elizabeth (Koons) Bauhof. William Ackerman and his wife came to Mansfield in 1861 from Canton, Ohio, where they had settled in 1857. He entered the employ of the Aultman-Taylor Machine Company, and became widely known as one of the company's inventors. He designed a threshing machine in 1883, which was awarded first prize at the Nebraska State Fair during that year. Mr. Ackerman served throughout the Civil War as a member of the 161st Ohio Volunteer Infantry. He was a Republican and served four years as a member of the Election Board, being appointed by Governor Foraker. He was a 32nd degree Mason and belonged to B. P. O. Elks, No. 56. Mr. Ackerman was also one of the organizers of the Richland County Historical Society.

To Rufus H. and Maude B. (Ackerman) King were born three children: Josephine M., a graduate of Mansfield High School, attended Ohio Wesleyan University, now manager of the Spencer Black Book Store, Mansfield; Jerome J., a graduate of Mansfield High School, class of 1930, attends Purdue University; and Martha J., attends Mansfield High School.

Politically, Mr. King is a Democrat. He served for eight years as a member of the Mansfield Civil Service Commission and two years of that time as president of the body. He holds membership in the Presbyterian Church, and belongs to B. P O Elks, No. 56, West Brook Country Club, and Chamber of Commerce. He is also trustee and treasurer of the Board of the Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Building.

History of North Central Ohio
Embracing Richland, Ashland, Wayne,
Medina, Lorin, Huron and Knox Counties
BY: William A. Duff
Historical Publishing Company
Topeka-Indianapolis 1931

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