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William King:
A Vice Presidential Unit

Born April 7, 1786, William R. King served an unfortunately short term as the 13th Vice President of the United States. After contracting tuberculosis, King took the Vice Presidential oath on his death bed, and died after six weeks in office, serving from March 4, 1853 to April 18, 1853. Born in Sampson County, North Carolina, King received his education from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and passed the bar and practiced law. He later moved into the realm of politics and served in Congress from 1811 to 1816 and resigned to perform secretarial duties in Italy and Russia. Upon returning to the U.S., King and his family later started a secession cotton plantation in Alabama, that soon had one of the largest slave holdings in all of the south. King then served as Senator for Alabama from its acceptance as a state in 1819 to 1844. King is noted for a conservative slavery position that did not support southern secession and an unusually close relationship with James Buchanon. He died on April 18, 1853 at the age of 67.

Political Party: Democrat

President: Franklin Pierce

Name of his Parents: William King and Margaret DeVane

Yearly Salary as Vice President: $8,000

State of Birth: North Carolina.

Trivia Questions:

1) How many years did King serve on the Senate?

2) King shared a house with which future president?
James Buchanon

Of Note:

- William King died after being in office for only 6 weeks.
- King served as President pro tempore in Senate - (second highest position in the Senate)


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