|2nd Governor of the United States Virgin Islands|
January 6, 1975 – January 2, 1978
|Preceded by||Melvin H. Evans|
|Succeeded by||Juan Francisco Luis|
|Born||April 7, 1921|
Frederiksted, Virgin Islands, U.S.
|Died||January 2, 1978 (aged 56)|
Charlotte Amalie, Virgin Islands, U.S.
|Political party||Democratic (Before 1968)|
Independent Citizens Movement (1968–1978)
|Education||American University (BA)|
|Branch/service||United States Army|
|Unit||873rd Port Company|
|Battles/wars||World War II|
He also briefly served as acting governor in 1969, following the resignation of Governor Ralph M. Paiewonsky.
After the completion of his service, he attended the American University, where he earned a public administration degree.
Starting in 1949, King worked for Minnesota senator Hubert Humphrey, as the first black member of staff of the U.S. Senate. He rose through the ranks of the office, eventually becoming chief of staff. He returned to the islands in 1951 as an appointed government secretary for John F. Kennedy .
To support his election for governor in 1970 and challenge the Democratic Party in the Virgin Islands, he developed the Independent Citizens Movement. Even though his 1970 campaign was unsuccessful, he ran again in 1974 and won, becoming the second governor of the Virgin Islands. At the time of his death, he had been planning to run for a second term.
A Virgin Islands' statute 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. Archived from the original on 2017-03-20 – 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. Archived from the original on 2017-03-20.
- 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. Archived from the original on 2017-03-20.
- Staff (2013-04-04). "Cyril E. King Commemoration Set for Sunday". V.I. Source Archives. Archived from the original on 2017-03-20. 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