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KING, Dan, physician, born in Mansfield, Connecticut. 27 January, 1791; died in Smithfield, Rhode Island, 13 November, 1864. Having studied medicine at New Haven and in his native town, he began its practice in Preston, Connecticut After spending five years there and at Groton, he removed to Charlestown, Rhode Island, where he continued to practise for eighteen years He also took part in public affairs, both as a magistrate and as a member of the general assembly, serving from 1828 till 1834. With Thomas W Dorr (q.v.) he was active in the organization of the Suffrage party, and was nominated by it for first senator, and afterward for congress. Dr. King disapproved of the so-called Dorr war, and took no part in it. He was an earnest friend of the remnant of the Narragansett tribe of Indians, and with Benjamin B. Thurston was appointed by the Rhode Island house of representatives to report a plan of treating and governing the Indians It was through his influence and exertions that a considerable annual appropriation was made by the state for the support of an Indian school. He afterward removed to Woonsocket and then to Taunton, Massachusetts, but returned to Rhode Island, and soon afterward began writing his "Life and Times of Thomas Wilson Dorr, with Outlines of the Political History of Rhode Island" (Boston, 1859) Dr. King invented a valuable surgical instrument for the adjusting of fractured bones, which he freely gave for the use of the profession. He contributed frequently to professional periodicals, and published, among other books and pamphlets, "An Address on Spiritualism "(Taunton, 1857), "Quackcry Unmasked (Boston, 1808), and "Tobacco What it Is and What it Does" (New York, 1861).
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