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 Samuel Ward King

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Samuel Ward King Famous memorial

Birth
Johnston, Providence County, Rhode Island, USA
Death
20 Jan 1851 (aged 64)
Providence, Providence County, Rhode Island, USA
Burial
Johnston, Providence County, Rhode Island, USA
Memorial ID
21080518 View Source

Rhode Island Governor. He was the 15th Governor of Rhode Island from 1839 to 1843. He attended Brown University but failed to graduate. After studying medicine, he practiced as a doctor in his hometown. During the war of 1812, he served as Assistant Surgeon aboard several ships including the USS Providence and the USS Chesapeake. He was taken prisoner when the British captured the USS Providence but was paroled. While serving on the USS Chesapeake, he attended to a mortally wounded Captain James Lawrence who reportedly uttered, "Don't give up the ship." On May 20, 1818 he married Catherine Latham Angell and would have 14 children. He was Town Clerk for Johnston from 1820 to 1843. He served as assistant to Governor Sprague from 1838 to 1839. In 1839 when any of the candidates for Governor or Lieutenant Governor failed to gain a 50% majority King became the acting Governor. He was however, duly elected in 1840, 1841 and 1842, serving as the last Governor of Rhode Island under the Royal Charter. He was the legitimate Governor, as recognized by President Tyler, when Thomas Wilson Dorr led an uprising by military means. The Dorr Rebellion failed in its attempt to gain suffrage for more then just the propertied class. In 1843 a new charter was enacted, which gave the Dorrites most of what were requesting. Governor Kings wife died on May 4, 1841 giving birth to their 14th and last child, who died that day as well.

Rhode Island Governor. He was the 15th Governor of Rhode Island from 1839 to 1843. He attended Brown University but failed to graduate. After studying medicine, he practiced as a doctor in his hometown. During the war of 1812, he served as Assistant Surgeon aboard several ships including the USS Providence and the USS Chesapeake. He was taken prisoner when the British captured the USS Providence but was paroled. While serving on the USS Chesapeake, he attended to a mortally wounded Captain James Lawrence who reportedly uttered, "Don't give up the ship." On May 20, 1818 he married Catherine Latham Angell and would have 14 children. He was Town Clerk for Johnston from 1820 to 1843. He served as assistant to Governor Sprague from 1838 to 1839. In 1839 when any of the candidates for Governor or Lieutenant Governor failed to gain a 50% majority King became the acting Governor. He was however, duly elected in 1840, 1841 and 1842, serving as the last Governor of Rhode Island under the Royal Charter. He was the legitimate Governor, as recognized by President Tyler, when Thomas Wilson Dorr led an uprising by military means. The Dorr Rebellion failed in its attempt to gain suffrage for more then just the propertied class. In 1843 a new charter was enacted, which gave the Dorrites most of what were requesting. Governor Kings wife died on May 4, 1841 giving birth to their 14th and last child, who died that day as well.

Bio by: Matthew Fatale


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  • Originally Created by: Matthew Fatale
  • Added: 22 Aug 2007
  • Find a Grave Memorial ID: 21080518
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/21080518/samuel-ward-king: accessed ), memorial page for Samuel Ward King (23 May 1786–20 Jan 1851), Find a Grave Memorial ID 21080518, citing Governor Samuel Ward King Lot, Johnston, Providence County, Rhode Island, USA; Maintained by Find a Grave .