Willford I. King

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Willford Isbell King (1880 – October 17, 1962) was a noted American statistician, economist, and chairman of the Committee for Constitutional Government, Inc.

King was born in Cascade, Iowa in 1880. King received his education from one-room schoolhouse teachers in Nebraska. He attended the University of Nebraska, graduating 1905. He received his Doctor of Philosophy degree from University of Wisconsin–Madison in 1913.

He went to Washington, D.C. to become a statistician with the United States Public Health Service from 1917 – 1920. In 1920, he moved on to become the economist for the National Bureau of Economic Research. In 1927, King moved on from public service to become an economics professor at New York University.

During the Great Depression, King opposed the New Deal. Instead, he advocated a sliding scale of wages based on production, no government intervention in business, currency expansion, the reduction of taxes in upper brackets, and the abolition of all levies on incomes of corporations and from invested capital.[1]

In 1933, he founded the Committee on Economic Accord. In 1945, King retired from NYU to become chairman of the Committee for Constitutional Government, Inc., he later would serve as an advisor.

King and his wife Jane Elizabeth Patterson, had three children, Harold J., Hugh P., and Floria Jane.

King died at his home on October 17, 1962.


  • The Handbook of Accepted Economics
  • Keys to Prosperity[2]
  • The Elements of Statistical Method[3]
  • Income in the United States: Its Amount & Distribution 1909-1919
  • The Wealth and Income of the People of the United States
  • various articles on economics


  • Are Food Subsides Necessary? (ca. 1944)
  • Are The Upper Income Classes Getting an Increasing Share of the National Income? (ca. 1944)

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