Henry W. King

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Henry W. King
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9th Ohio Secretary of State
In office
GovernorReuben Wood
Preceded bySamuel Galloway
Succeeded byWilliam Trevitt
Personal details
Born(1815-09-24)September 24, 1815
Westfield, Massachusetts
DiedNovember 20, 1857(1857-11-20) (aged 42)
Akron, Ohio
Political partyFree Soil
Spouse(s)Mary Crosby
ChildrenHarry Crosby King, Julia Huntington
Alma materTrinity

Henry W. King (September 24, 1815 – November 20, 1857) was a Free Soil politician in the U.S. state of Ohio who served as Ohio Secretary of State 1850-1852.


Henry W. King was born in 1815 in Westfield, Massachusetts, the eldest son of Judge Leicester King. He moved with his parents to Warren, Trumbull County, Ohio in 1817. King graduated from Washington (later Trinity) College in Hartford, Connecticut in 1836, and from Cincinnati Law School in 1839.[1]

Henry W. King opened a law office in Akron, Ohio in 1839 with Milton Sutliff, and later with James D. Taylor, and in 1849 with his brother David L. King as King & King. He was married October 20, 1842 to Mary Crosby, daughter of Dr. Elaikim Crosby. Son Harry Crosby King died during the American Civil War, August 11, 1864, while in the 164th Ohio Infantry. Daughter Julia Huntington married and moved to Chicago.[1]

King was active in promoting Akron's Union School System. In 1850 he was elected by the Ohio General Assembly as Ohio Secretary of State to a three-year term.[1] A new constitution, adopted in summer of 1851, made the office elective, and an election was scheduled for autumn, 1851, shortening King's term to January 1852.

In the 1851 election, King came in third to Democrat William Trevitt and Whig Earl Bill.[2] He returned to Akron after his term, and died there November 20, 1857.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d Lane, Samuel A. (1892). Fifty years and over of Akron and Summit County. Akron: Beacon Job Department. p. 119.
  2. ^ Bell, William, Jr. (1876). Annual report of the Secretary of State to the Governor and General Assembly for the year 1875... Ohio Secretary of State. p. 114.
Political offices
Preceded by
Samuel Galloway
Secretary of State of Ohio
Succeeded by
William Trevitt