Member Biography

Charles Fox King 


Hudson, Sam.  Pennsylvania and Its Public Men.  Philadelphia: s.n., 1909


Sessions Office Position District Party
1883-1884       30 Democrat
1885-1886       30 Democrat

COUNTIES: Schuylkill  


10/04/1841 - 03/20/1912

Ordnance Sergeant Charles Fox King (D30) Schuylkill, 1883-1886

Early Life: 

Ordnance Sergeant Charles Fox King, born, October 4, 1841, Wilmington, New Castle County, Delaware; private, Company C, 1st Regiment, Delaware Volunteer Infantry, Civil War, 1861-1862; ordnance sergeant, 137th Regiment, Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry, Civil War, 1862-1863; errand boy; clerk, general store (6 years); assistant, colliery (3 years); station agent, Philadelphia and Reading Railroad; construction contractor, Philadelphia and Reading, East Mahanoy, Erie, and Baltimore and Ohio Railroads; elected, Democrat, Pennsylvania House of Representatives, 1872 and 1873 terms; not a candidate for reelection 1874 term; chief contractor, Brazil roadways and Mexico Central Railroad; elected, Democrat, Pennsylvania State Senate (1883-1886); elected, delegate, Democratic National Conventions, 1888, 1904; trustee, Miners’ Hospital, Ashland; organizer and director, Union National Bank, Mahanoy City; married, Sarah C. King, children, Maria Juanita King Kieffer, Edmund G. King, Charles Bayard King;  died, March 20, 1912, Pottsville, Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania; interment, Saint Patrick’s Cemetery, Pottsville, Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania.

Early Career:

Enlisted, October 17, 1861, Company C, 1st Regiment, Delaware Volunteer Infantry, private; action, 2d Manassas; discharged, “camp fever;‟ relocated, Schuylkill County; reenlisted, private, August 17, 1862, 137th Regiment, Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry; nine month service; action at Antietam, Fredericksburg, the Mud March, and Chancellorsville; promoted, Ordnance Sargent, mustered out, June 1, 1863.

Station agent, Philadelphia and Reading Railroad Construction contractor, Philadelphia and East Mahanoy Railroad; built, Luzerne County Jeddo Tunnel; supervised similar mining and rail projects for the Pennsylvania, Erie, and Baltimore and Ohio Railroads; served as chief contractor for Brazil’s Maderia and Mamore roads and worked in the same capacity on the Mexican Central Railroad.

Professional titles; business ownership; board memberships; local government; club memberships:

Trustee, Miners’ Hospital for the Anthracite Coal Region, Ashland; organizer and director, Union National Bank, Mahanoy City.

Pennsylvania Politics:

Elected, Democrat, Pennsylvania State House of Representatives, 1872-1873, not a candidate for reelection 1874.

Elected, Democrat, Pennsylvania State Senate, 30th District, Schuykill County, 1883-1886, member, Appropriations, Congressional Apportionment, Corporations and Mines and Mining Committees.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               

Elected, delegate, Democratic National Conventions, 1888, 1904.

Pennsylvania House of Representatives Biography:


Smull’s Legislative Hand Book, (1885) Smull, J.A., Members of the Senate of Pennsylvania, page 810, 844 and 849-851.