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KING, Austin Augustus, statesman, born in Sullivan county, Tennessee, 20 September, 1801; died in St. Louis, Mo 22 April, 1870. He studied law, was admitted to the bar in 1822, and in 1830 removed to Missouri, where he continued to practise. In 1834 he was chosen to the legislature, and he was re-elected in 1836. In 1837 he was appointed judge of the circuit court, holding the office till 1848, when he was chosen governor of Missouri, his term expiring in 1853. In 1860 he was a delegate to the Democratic national convention at Charleston, where he made an effective speech in behalf of Stephen A Douglas. He subsequently took the ground that the war for the Union was unnecessary. In 1862 he was restored to his old place as circuit judge, but shortly afterward resigned to take a seat in the 38th congress, to which he had been elected, serving from 7 December, 1863, till 3 March, 1865. He then devoted himself to the practice of his profession and the cultivation of his farm.
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