Charles Goodrich King

  • Birth 3 Jan 1840 Providence, Providence County, Rhode Island, USA
  • Death 27 Aug 1881 Providence, Providence County, Rhode Island, USA
  • Burial Providence, Providence County, Rhode Island, USA
  • Memorial ID 64286775

Charles Goodrich King, son of William Jones and Lydia Coit (Gilbert) King, was born in Providence, R. I., January 3, 1840. He was prepared for college in the schools of Providence, and in 1856 matriculated at Brown University. He discontinued his studies at Brown at the end of his junior year, and entered Amherst College, where he was graduated in 1861 with the degree of A. B. In the following year he received the degree of A. M. from Amherst. From 1861 to 1862 he was a student at the Jefferson Medical College, Philadelphia, Pa. Toward the close of 1862 he enlisted in the Tenth Regiment, Rhode Island Volunteer Infantry, and subsequently became a member of the Hospital Corps, in which he was first sergeant. At the close of the war, in 1865, Charles Goodrich King, in partnership with his father, and brother, Edward G. King, formed the firm of William J. King & Sons, in which he was active until his death. He was one of the foremost figures in the cotton brokerage business in New England for many years, and well-known on the Cotton Exchange in New York. He was for a long period prior to his father's death the acting head of William G. King & Sons. Mr. King was active in financial circles in the city, and was connected in executive and advisory capacities with numerous mercantile and financial enterprises.

On April 26, 1866, Mr. King married in Philadelphia, Pa., Frances Ellen Jones, who was born there, December 18, 1845, daughter of George Farquhar and Lorania Carrington (Hoppin) Jones, of Providence and Philadelphia. Mrs. King is a descendant of several of the foremost of the old Colonial families of Rhode Island. Mr. and Mrs. King were the parents of three children: 1. Charles Goodrich, Jr., born May 15, 1867, died Nov. 21, 1894. 2. George Farquhar Jones, born May 15, 1867. 3. Mary Farquahar Jones, born Jan. 15, 1870.

Charles Goodrich King died in Providence, R. I., August 27, 1881. The following tribute to his memory appeared editorially in the Providence 'Journal':

'Mr. King was one of our leading business men, and one who, had his life been spared, would unquestionably have been most prominently identified, in the future, with our leading and central mercantile interests. At the time of his death he was a director of the First National Bank (of which his father was president), a prominent member of the Board of Trade, being one of the Executive Council, and also upon the Finance and Floor Committees. He had always taken a deep interest in the affairs of the Board, and in furthering its properity. This is affectingly manifested in a letter which we have seen, written to a personal friend in this city, only Friday, which does not at all indicate that his strength was declining. For a long time, during the rapid fluctuations in the cotton market, he sustained a leading part in the conduct of the extensive enterprises in which his house was engaged, and his was a well known face on the Cotton Exchange in New York, in its stormiest days. The Rt. Rev. M. A. DeWolfe Howe, who united Mr. King and his wife in marriage, officiated at his funeral, which was largely attended, the cotton dealers closing their places of business as a token of respect. His sad and sudden demise has cast a marked gloom over our community.'

Mr. and Mrs. King were the parents of three children:
1. Charles Goodrich, Jr., born May 15, 1867, died Nov. 21, 1894.
2. George Farquhar Jones, born May 15, 1867.
3. Mary Farquahar Jones, born Jan. 15, 1870.


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  • Added: 16 Jan 2011
  • Find A Grave Memorial 64286775
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Charles Goodrich King (3 Jan 1840–27 Aug 1881), Find A Grave Memorial no. 64286775, citing Swan Point Cemetery, Providence, Providence County, Rhode Island, USA ; Maintained by sticksandstones (contributor 46888135) .