Hon Charles King

FatherHon Rufus King (c 1755-1827)
MotherMary Alsop
Hon Charles King, son of Hon Rufus King and Mary Alsop, was born in New York CityG on 16 March 1789.1 He died in Frascati, ItalyG, in October 1867.1 He married first Eliza Gracie, daughter of Archibald Gracie and Esther Rogers.1 He married second ___ Low, daughter of Nicholas Low.
     Charles King was a Colonel in the Militia. He served in the War of 1812.
[Hon. Charles King] was educated at Harrow School in England, and in Paris, France. Leaving Paris he entered the banking house of Hope & Co., in Amsterdam, Holland. Returning to America in 1806 he became connected with the famous banking house of his uncle, Archibald Gracie, to whose daughter he was subsequently married. His attractive personality, family connections, accomplishments, and the intelligent interest he manifested in educational, literary, military, financial and political affairs, speedily gave him marked prominence. In all important public movement or prominent social gatherings of his time in New York City, the records of which have been preserved, his name appears. In 1813 he was a member of the State Legislature. For many years he was director of the Bank of New York. Before, during, and after the War of 1812, he labored to increase the efficiency of the militia organizations of New York County, serving on the staffs of brigade and division commanders, and holding commissions in every rank from Lieutenant to full Colonel. From 1827 to 1845 he was first associate and later principal, editor of a commercial paper called the New York American, and for several years after 1845, one of the editors of the Courier, and Inquirer. From 1806 to 1824 he was a trustee of Columbia College, of which in 1849, he became President. During the following 14 years his time and energies were successfully employed in raising the effectiveness and standard of what is now New York City's great University.
Just previous to 1863, President King's health showed signs of breaking, and Mrs. King having about that time come into possession of a legacy of one million dollars, from her deceased brother, Nicholas Low, Jr., Mr. King resigned the presidency of Columbia and spent the remaining years of his life in Europe.

—Weygant, The Sacketts of America

Children of Hon Charles King and Eliza Gracie

  • Eliza King
  • Hetty King
  • General Rufus King+ b. 26 Jan 1814, d. 13 Oct 1876
  • William G. King b. 14 Oct 1816, d. 8 Jun 1882

 Notes & Citations

  1. Charles Weygant, The Sacketts of America, "951. Charles King, b. Mar. 16, 1789, d. in Oct. 1867; m. Eliza Gracie."
Appears inSacketts in the Military
Sackett line6th great-grandson of Thomas Sackett the elder of St Peter in Thanet
ChartsLine 3a (American)
Last Edited4 Jul 2012

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