|2nd Governor of the United States Virgin Islands|
January 6, 1975 – January 2, 1978
|Lieutenant||Juan Francisco Luis|
|Preceded by||Melvin H. Evans|
|Succeeded by||Juan Francisco Luis|
|Born||April 7, 1921|
|Died||January 2, 1978
U.S. Virgin Islands
|Resting place||Kinghshill Cemetery
Saint Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands
|Political party||Independent Citizens Movement|
|Spouse(s)||Agnes Agatha Schuster (?-1978)|
|Children||one daughter, Lillia.|
|Service/branch||United States Army|
|Unit||873rd Port Company|
|Battles/wars||World War II|
Cyril Emanuel King (April 7, 1921 – January 2, 1978) was an U.S. Virgin Islander politician who served as the second elected governor of the United States Virgin Islands, serving from 1975 until his death in 1978.
He also briefly served as acting governor in 1969, following the resignation of Governor Ralph M. Paiewonsky.
After service, he attended American University where he earned a public administration degree.
He worked for Hubert Humphrey, a Senator from Minnesota starting in 1949, black on the staff of a U.S. Senator. He rose through the ranks of that office, eventually becoming his chief of staff. As an appointed government secretary for John F. Kennedy he returned to the islands in 1951.
To support his eventual for governor in 1970 and challenge the Democractic party in the Virgini Islands, he developed the Independent Citizens Movement. Though his 1970 campaign was unsuccessful, he ran a narrow campaign victory in 1974 to become governor of the islands. At the time of his death, he had been planning to run for a second term.
Local statute in the Virgin Islands puts aside April 7, King's birthday, as "Cyril Emmanuel King Day".
- "Virgin Islands Loses Its Black Governor to Cancer". Jet: 15. Jan 19, 1978 – via Google Books.
- "First Black Senate Staff Member Dies". Associated Press. Charlotte Observer-Reporter. 1978-01-04. Retrieved 2011-07-24.
- Thurland, Anne L. (2017-03-19). Will Thurland's World War II Photo Collection: The Virgin Islands Orchestra of the 873rd Port Company. AuthorHouse. pp. 14, 39. ISBN 9781468541229.
- Gunson, Phil; Chamberlain, Greg; Thompson, Andrew (2015-12-22). The Dictionary of Contemporary Politics of Central America and the Caribbean. Routledge. p. 161. ISBN 9781317270539.
- Staff (2013-04-04). "Cyril E. King Commemoration Set for Sunday". V.I. Source Archives. Retrieved 2017-03-19.
- Cyril King at Find a Grave
- Profiles of Outstanding Virgin Islanders[dead link] (includes link to photo)
Melvin H. Evans
|Governor of the U.S. Virgin Islands
Juan Francisco Luis