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KING, Thomas Butler, statesman, born in Hampden, Hampshire County, Massachusetts, 27 August, 1804; died near Waresborough, Georgia, 10 Nay, 1864. His ancestor, John, came from Suffolk county, England, to this country about 1718. Thomas was educated at Westfield academy, Massachusetts, studied law, and removed to Georgia in 1823, settling in Glynn county, where he became the owner of extensive cotton plantations. He entered public life about 1832 as a member of the state senate, and held the office for four years. In 1838, when the nullification question arose, Mr. King attached himself to the state-rights party, and was elected to the Georgia senate on that ticket. In 1840 he was a member of the young men's convention of Baltimore, and about that time became a president of several railway and canal companies. Mr. King was a member of congress from Georgia in 1839-'43 and 1845-'9, having been chosen as a Whig, and took an active interest in naval affairs and in the promotion of ocean steam navigation. He was defeated in 1842 and 1848, and, when General Taylor became president, was appointed collector of the port of San Francisco, holding the office from 1849 till 1851. On his return to Georgia, he was again elected state senator in 1859, and in 1861, when Georgia seceded, he was sent by the state as commissioner to Europe, remaining there for two years.--His son, Henry Lord Page, born on St. Simon's island, G a., 25 April, 1831; died in Fredericksburg, Virginia, 13 December, 1862, was graduated at Yale in 1852, and at the Harvard law school in 1855. He was aide-de-camp on the staff of General LaFayette McLaws, was in the seven days' fight before Richmond, at Antietam, Harper's Ferry, and Fredericksburg, where he was killed.
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