KING, William Henry

1863–1949

Biography

KING, William Henry, (father of David S. King), a Representative and a Senator from Utah; born in Fillmore, Millard County, Utah, June 3, 1863; attended the public schools, Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah, and the University of Utah at Salt Lake City; church missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Great Britain 1880-1883; returned to his home in Utah and was elected to various offices in the city of Fillmore and in Millard County; member, Territorial legislature two terms; graduated from the law department of the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor; admitted to the bar in 1890 and commenced practice in Utah; member, Territorial council 1891 and served as president; associate justice of the Utah supreme court 1894-1896, when Utah was admitted as a state into the Union; elected as a Democrat to the Fifty-fifth Congress (March 4, 1897-March 3, 1899); was not a candidate for renomination in 1898; elected to the Fifty-sixth Congress to fill the vacancy caused by the unseating of Brigham H. Roberts and served from April 2, 1900, to March 3, 1901; unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1900 to the Fifty-seventh Congress and for election in 1902 to the Fifty-eighth Congress; elected as a Democrat to the United States Senate in 1916; reelected in 1922, 1928, and 1934 and served from March 4, 1917, to January 3, 1941; unsuccessful candidate for renomination in 1940; served as President pro tempore of the Senate during the Seventy-sixth Congress; chairman, Committee on Expenditures in the Post Office Department (Sixty-fifth Congress), Committee on the District of Columbia (Seventy-third through Seventy-sixth Congresses); engaged in the practice of law in Washington, D.C., until April 1947; returned to Salt Lake City, Utah, where he resided until his death on November 27, 1949; interment in Salt Lake City Cemetery.

View Record in the Biographical Directory of the U.S. Congress

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External Research Collections

Brigham Young University
Special Collections

Provo, UT
Papers: 1923-1924. 1 folder and 1 binder. Papers and a speech concerning conditions in Russia. Also in Charles Durkee correspondence, 1859-1938.

Columbia University
Rare Book and Manuscript Library

New York, NY
Papers: 3 official letters (1927-1934) in the Council on Religion and International Affairs papers. Finding aid.

Duke University
Special Collections

Durham, NC
Papers: Correspondence in Fisher Sanford Harris papers, 1889-1966. Finding aid.

University of Utah Library

Salt Lake City, UT
Papers: In Karl Vernon King papers, 1889-1960. 1 linear foot. Chiefly correspondence regarding political campaigns, speeches, campaign materials, biographies, and a scrapbook of clippings relating to the campaign of 1922. Finding aid. Also miscellaneous items in various collections.

Utah State Historical Society

Salt Lake City, UT
Papers: Biographical sketch in Works Progress Administration, Utah Section records; discussed in John A. Brennan, "Divisions in the silver bloc" (35 pages); and in Edwin Mace letters, 1925, 1928.

Yale University Libraries
Manuscripts and Archives

New Haven, CT
Papers: In Edwin Montefiore Borchard papers, 1910-1950.
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Bibliography / Further Reading

Hauptman, Laurence M. "Utah Anti-imperialist: Senator William H. King and Haiti, 1921-34." Utah Historical Quarterly 41 (Spring 1973): 116-27.

Libby, Justin H. "Senators King and Thomas and the Coming War with Japan." Utah Historical Quarterly 42 (Fall 1974): 370-80.

Ruotsila, Markku. "Senator William H. King of Utah and His Campaigns Against Russian Communism, 1917-1933." Utah Historical Quarterly 74 (Spring 2006): 147-163.

Schlup, Leonard. "William H. King and the Question of League Membership." Weber Studies 14 (Fall 1997): 84-92.

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