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KING, HENRY C. (1830–1911). Henry C. King, lawyer, newspaperman, and Democratic party official, the son of Stephen C. and Mary (Fort) King, was born in Wayne County, Georgia, in 1830. He studied at the University of Georgia and graduated from Oglethorpe University in 1848. He studied law in Charleston but became a rice planter in 1851. In 1860, on the advice of George Wilkins Kendall, he moved to San Antonio, Texas, and opened a law office. He later moved to Boerne. In 1868 he was an unsuccessful candidate for the Texas Senate, but in 1872 he was elected to the Senate of the Thirteenth Legislature, where he served on the committee on Indian affairs. He was an authority on problems of immigration in the Constitutional Convention of 1875. Under governors Richard Coke and R. B. Hubbard,qqv King served as commissioner of canals and ditches for navigation and irrigation. He was also a member of the commission for the sale and lease of school lands. In 1880 he was considered as a candidate for governor, but he withdrew in favor of Hubbard. From 1877 to 1879 King was editor of the San Antonio Express. He was appointed by President Benjamin Harrison as Democratic commissioner from Texas to the World's Columbian Exposition at Chicago in 1893. On January 22, 1856, King married Jean Adams Parland of Georgia; they had seven children. King was a Presbyterian and a Mason. He died in San Antonio on March 24, 1911.


Anne Hammond, The West Texas State Constitutional Convention of 1875 (M.A. thesis, Texas Technological College, 1933).

Lura N. Rouse


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Lura N. Rouse, "KING, HENRY C.," Handbook of Texas Online (, accessed November 26, 2015. Uploaded on June 15, 2010. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.