United States Congressman from Georgia
Commissioner of the Confederate States of America in Europe
(1800-64) He attended Westfield Academy, read law with his brother John Floyd King, was admitted to the bar in 1822, and commenced practice in Waynesville, Ga., in 1823. He later settled on St. Simons Island, Ga., and engaged in agricultural pursuits. Served as a member of the Georgia State Senate, in 1832, 1834, 1835 and 1837. Was a delegate to the Georgia State constitutional convention in 1833 and to the State Whig conventions in 1835 and 1843. Served as U.S. Congressman, 1839-43; 1845-50, and was the Chairman of the Committee on Naval Affairs. Was a delegate to the Whig National Convention in 1844. He was appointed by President Millard Fillmore as collector of the port of San Francisco, Ca., and served 1850-52. Served as a member of the Georgia State Senate in 1859. Was a delegate to the Democratic National Convention at Baltimore in 1860. Appointed a commissioner of Georgia in 1861 to visit Europe in the interest of trade, and was a commissioner of the Confederacy in Europe, serving 1861-63. He did not live to see the end of the War Between the States, dying in Waynesboro, Ga., on May 10, 1864.
Signature With State: 4 7/8 x 1 1/2, in ink, T. Butler King, Georgia. Light age toning.