KING, John Pendleton (1799-1888)
Senate Years of Service: 1833-1837

KING, JOHN PENDLETON, a Senator from Georgia; born in Glasgow, Barren County, Ky., April 3, 1799; moved in infancy with his parents to Bedford County, Tenn., and then to Augusta, Ga., in 1815; graduated from Richmond Academy, Augusta, Ga.; studied law; admitted to the bar in 1819 and practiced in Augusta; pursued studies in Europe 1822-1824; returned and continued the practice of law in Augusta, Ga., until 1829; member of the State constitutional conventions in 1830 and 1833; appointed judge of the court of common pleas in 1831; elected in 1833 as a Jacksonian (later Democrat) to the United States Senate to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of George M. Troup; reelected in 1834 and served from November 21, 1833, until November 1, 1837, when he resigned; president of the Georgia Railroad & Banking Co. 1841-1878; railroad promoter and cotton manufacturer; member of the State constitutional convention in 1865; died in Summerville, Chattooga County, Ga., March 19, 1888; interment in St. Paul's Churchyard, Augusta, Ga.

Georgia Department of Archives and History
Atlanta, GA
Papers: Correspondence in James Madison Spullock papers, 1831-1876.

Georgia Historical Society
Savannah, GA
Papers: 3 letters.

Library of Congress
Manuscript Division
Washington, DC
Papers: 1835. 1 item.

  • Mellichamp, Josephine. "John P. King.'' In Senators from Georgia, pp. 107-9. Huntsville, AL: Strode Publishers, 1976.