James King of William

James King of William

Birth
Georgetown, District of Columbia, District of Columbia, USA
Death 20 May 1856 (aged 34)
California, USA
Burial Colma, San Mateo County, California, USA
Memorial ID 12715059 · View Source
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Banker and social reformer. Born the son of a Virginian banker as James King, he naturally went on to establish a banking house in San Francisco. He later changed his name to James King of William in order to separate himself from other James King's. In October of 1855, sick of corruption, he founded a newspaper called the "Evening Bulletin." Also in 1855, he began publishing articles calling for the punishment of Charles Cora for the murder of a United States Marshall. Around the same time, he published an article attacking supervisor James P. Casey. On May 14, 1856, Casey stopped King in San Francisco and shot him. He died a few days later. Casey was arrested and lynched along with Cora by the San Francisco Vigilance Committee. James King of William was originally buried in Lone Mountian Cemetery, but was later moved to Cypress Lawn Memorial Park after cemeteries were evicted from San Francisco County limits.


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  • Added: 17 Dec 2005
  • Find A Grave Memorial 12715059
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for James King of William (28 Jan 1822–20 May 1856), Find A Grave Memorial no. 12715059, citing Cypress Lawn Memorial Park, Colma, San Mateo County, California, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave (contributor 8) .