William H. King

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William H. King was a United States Senator from 1917 to 1941. He was also a lawyer and jurist.

King was born on June 3, 1863, in Fillmore, Utah. He attended Brigham Young Academy and the University of Deseret before serving a mission to England for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints from 1880 to 1882.

He earned a law degree from the University of Michigan in 1887. He served in local and territorial political offices, including three terms in the territorial legislature, Utah county attorney, and Provo City attorney.

U.S. President Grover Cleveland appointed King as an associate justice of the Utah Supreme Court in 1894. He was elected to Congress in 1896 and served one term. He was elected to fill a vacancy in 1900 but was not reelected in 1902. In 1916, King was elected to the U.S. Senate and served for four terms until he was defeated in 1940. After leaving the Senate, he continued to practice law in Washington until her retired in 1947 and returned to Utah. He died on November 27, 1949.

King and his first wife, Annie Lyman, were the parents of four children. Six years after her death, he married Vera Sjodahl and they were the parents of one son, David S. King.

King was a direct descendant of Edmund Rice of Massachusetts Bay Colony.

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