KING, Austin Augustus (1802-1870)

KING, AUSTIN AUGUSTUS, a Representative from Missouri; born in Sullivan County, Tenn., September 21, 1802; attended the public schools; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1822 and commenced practice in Jackson, Tenn.; moved to Columbia, Mo., in 1830 and continued the practice of law; served as a colonel in the Black Hawk War; member of the State house of representatives in 1834 and 1836; moved to Richmond, Mo., in 1837, having been appointed circuit judge of the fifth circuit, and served until 1848; Governor of Missouri 1848-1853; unsuccessful candidate for election to the Thirty-third Congress in 1852; resumed the practice of law in Richmond, Mo.; delegate to the Democratic National Conventions at Charleston and Baltimore in 1860; again circuit judge from 1862 until 1863, when he resigned; elected as a Unionist to the Thirty-eighth Congress (March 4, 1863-March 3, 1865); unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1864 to the Thirty-ninth Congress; resumed the practice of law; died in St. Louis, Mo., April 22, 1870; interment in Richmond Cemetery, Richmond, Ray County, Mo.

Missouri State Archives
Jefferson City, MO
Papers: In the Mormon War papers, 1837-1841, 2 boxes.
Correspondents include Austin Augustus King.


The Morgan Library
Department of Literary and Historical Manuscripts
New York, NY
Papers: 1863, 1 item.
A letter from Austin Augustus King to President Lincoln written on December 29, 1863. In the letter, Austin King describes the poverty of John Asberry of Roy County, Missouri, indicted for conspiracy against the government, and asking for a pardon.


The Rosenbach Library & Museum
Philadelphia, PA
Papers: 1864, 1 item.
A letter from the Missouri delegation and others to President Abraham Lincoln written on January 5, 1864. In the letter, the eleven members of Congress from Missouri, four from Kentucky, and the governor of Utah recommend Judge S.P. McCurdy for a judgeship in the Utah or Idaho Territory. The letter includes a signature of President Lincoln, dated 27 January, on the verso.

Papers: In the Prince L. Hudgins Papers Relating to Presidential Pardon, 1865, 5 items.
The papers include a letter from Prince L. Hudgins to Rep. Austin A. King written on January 29, 1865. In the letter, Prince L. Hudgins explains his case and asks for help in securing a pardon. The letter bears autograph endorsements signed by King [s.d.], recommending a pardon; and by Abraham Lincoln, 28 February, directing that a pardon be made out. Also present are Rep. Austin King's autograph receipt for the pardon, 3 March, and the envelope from the attorney general's office that contained the documents.

  • Richmond Bar (Mo.) Tribute of respect: Proceedings of the members of the Richmond Bar, upon the death of ex-Gov. A.A. King, Thursday, April 28th, 1870. Richmond, Mo.: Conservator Print, 1870.