King, Austin Augustus 

Biography

21 Sept. 18021–22 Apr. 1870.2 Attorney, judge, politician, farmer.3 Born at Sullivan Co., Tennessee.4 Son of Walter King and Nancy Sevier.5 Married first Nancy Harris Roberts, 13 May 1828, at Jackson, Madison Co., Tennessee.6 In 1830, moved to Missouri, where he practiced law at Columbia, Boone Co.7 Served as colonel in Black Hawk War, 1832.8 Elected to state legislature as Jacksonian Democrat from Boone Co., 1834, 1836.9 In 1837, removed to Richmond, Ray Co., Missouri, where he received appointment as circuit judge in northwestern Missouri by Governor Lilburn W. Boggs.10 Between 1837 and 1848, served as judge of Missouri’s Fifth Judicial Circuit, consisting of counties of Clinton, Ray, Caldwell, Clay, Daviess, Carroll, and Livingston.11 In Nov. 1838, presided at preliminary hearing of JS and other Mormons at Richmond; committed them to jail pending trials to be held Mar. 1839.12 Governor of Missouri, 1848–1852.13 Married second Martha Anthony Woodson, 10 Aug. 1858, in Kingston, Caldwell Co.14 Represented Missouri in U.S. Congress, 1863–1865.15 Died at St. Louis.16

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