Member Biography

Alexander King 


Portrait: Bedford County Courthouse


Sessions Office Position District Party
1848       19 Whig
1849       19 Whig
1850       19 Whig

COUNTIES: Bedford, Huntingdon  


09/27/1805 - 01/10/1871

President Judge Alexander King (W19) Bedford and Huntingdon Counties 1848-1850

Early Life:

President Judge Alexander King, born September 27, 1805, Huntingdon County, son of John and Christina Bergstresser King; public school education; Bedford Academy; read law with John Johnson, Huntingdon County; admitted, Bedford County Bar, 1833; relocated, practiced law, Saint Louis, Missouri, 1840-1842; returned to Bedford, Pennsylvania, established, law practice; married, Mary Jane Watson, children, Infant King, Christine King Reamer, Eliza Hartley King, Alexander King, Jr., Susan Van Lear King; elected, Whig, Pennsylvania State Senate, 1848-1850; appointed, President Judge, 16th Judicial District, 1861; reelected, President Judge, 16th Judicial District, ten-year term, 1864; died, during that term in Blair County, January 10, 1871 (aged 65) Bedford County, Pennsylvania; interment, Bedford Cemetery, Bedford, Bedford County, Pennsylvania.  

Pennsylvania Politics:

Elected, Whig, Pennsylvania State Senate, 19th district, Bedford and Huntingdon Counties, 1848-1850

Appointed, President Judge, 16th Judicial District, Bedford, Franklin, Fulton and Somerset Counties, vacancy, death, Judge James Nill; reelected to a ten-year term, 1864; died during that term in Blair County, January 10, 1871. 

Unified Judicial System of Pennsylvania Biography:

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Cox, Harold. "Senate Members K"Wilkes University Election Statistics Project. Wilkes University.

Reminisces and Sketches, Historical and Biographical, by William M. Hall, Meyers Printing House, Harrisburg, PA, 1890.   

History of Bedford and Somerset Counties, Pennsylvania.  Lewis Publishing Company, New York: Chicago 1906. 

Courts and Lawyers of Pennsylvania, A History 1623-1923 by Frank M. Eastman, Volume III, The American Historical Society, Inc. New York, 1922.

Alexander King (1805-1871) - Find a Grave Memorial