Historic Markers Across Alabama



Obverse: William Rufus Davane King 1786-1855 Vice President of the United States



Marker ID: AHC 
Location: 222 Broad Street, Selma, AL
County: Dallas
Coordinates: N 32° 24.589    W 087° 1.255
  32.40981666    -87.02091666
Style: Free Standing **
Waymark: None
 



Text:

William Rufus DeVane King was born April 7, 1786 in Sampson Co., N.C.; admitted to the bar in 1806; served in the N.C. House of Commons 1807-1809; U.S. Congress 1811-1816; & as Secretary of the U.S. Legation to Naples & St. Petersburg 1816-1818. He moved to Dallas Co., Alabama in 1818; named & was a founder of the City of Selma; a delegate to the 1819 State Constitutional Convention; U.S. Senator 1819-1844 & 1848-1852; U.S. Minister to France 1844-1846; & President Pro tempore U.S. Senate 1836-1841 & 1850-1852.

King was elected Vice President in 1852 & because of his poor health traveled to Cuba. By a Special Act of Congress he was permitted to take the oath of office in Matanzas, Cuba on March 24, 1853. His health did not improve & he returned to Alabama where he died April 18, 1853 at his King's Bend Plantation.

(Erected 1981 by Selma-Dallas County Historic Preservation Society)







End of Obverse: William Rufus Davane King 1786-1855 Vice President of the United States