On this day in Alabama history: William Rufus King inaugurated as vice president

On this day in Alabama history: William Rufus King inaugurated as vice president
Wood engraving of Chestnut Hill, the home of William R. King, in King's Bend, Dallas County, Alabama. Built circa 1820 on a knoll surrounded by chestnut trees, it was located near the east bank of the Alabama River, opposite Cahaba. (Illustrated News, Wikipedia)

March 24, 1853

William Rufus King of Selma was born April 7, 1786. He served as a U.S. representative from North Carolina, a senator from Alabama and as minister to France during the reign of King Louis Philippe I before becoming the only U.S. vice president from Alabama. King was elected vice president on the Democratic ticket with Franklin Pierce in fall 1852. Due to illness, he was inaugurated near Havana, Cuba in March 1853 – the only United States executive official to take the oath of office on foreign soil. King served six weeks as the 13th vice president. He died in April 1853 and was buried in Selma. King held the highest political office of any Alabamian in American history.

Read more at Encyclopedia of Alabama.

For more on Alabama’s bicentennial, go to Alabama 200.

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