Thursday, June 19, 2008

JUDGE L. W. KING - Obituary

King, Judge L. W.

The East Liverpool Tribune

Judge L. W. King, of Youngstown, Ohio, died Saturday, July 15, (1899), after an illness of a month's duration, with a complication of diseases. During his illness he was attended by his brother, Dr. A. L. King, and four sisters, but all efforts of medical science and tender loving care were unavailing in prolonging the life of one of God's noblemen.

Funeral services were held at Youngstown Tuesday at 9 a.m., and were attended by a large concourse of sorrowing friends, including members of the Columbiana County Bar.

We take the following from the Pittsburg "Dispatch":

Judge King was born in Unity township, Columbiana county, in 1854, and attended the public schools in Lisbon. Before attaining his majority he located in Canfield, this county, entering the drug store of M. Y. B. King, and upon the election of the latter as probate judge, entered his office as a clerk and began reading law with W. S. Anderson, now of the firm of Anderson & Jones, of this city. Later he formed a partnership with Mr. Anderson. Prior to this Judge King had taken an active part in county politics and by reson of his eloquence passed rapidly to the front as a Republican leader. He was nominated and elected probate judge, and at the end of the first term unanimously re-nominated and re-elected by a large majority.

After six years in the probate office he retired at the end of his second term and formed a law partnership with his former, tutor, W. S. Anderson, which continued a number of years. Judge King then retired and formed a partnership with John E. McVey.

Judge King enjoyed politics as a relaxation from the heavy work of the law, and since attaining his majority has attended every national, state, congressional, and county convention of the party, and was always honored with recognition by the chair whenever he arose to speak, and given the closest attention, no matter how large the audience. Possessing the courage of his convictions, he did not hesitate to utter them, regardless of the time or place, or the effect his utterances might have upon him personally or politically.

At the instance of numerous friends, Judge King decided to enter the list at the Salem Congressional convention in Alliance two years later at which the present Congressman was nominated, Judge King was urged to allow his name to be presented at the convention by a sufficient number of candidates to insure his nomination. His reply was: "I promised to support Bob Taylor for Congress, and I intend to stand by my promise, as I know he would do under the same circumstances." The action of Judge King was typical of the man, and the eloquent speech he made in presenting R. W. Taylor to the convention showed that he had the courage to do what he knew was right, even when the temptation of a certain nomination was placed before him.

Judge King was a keen, public spirited man in the broadest sense, always taking an active part in whatever would advance the interests of the city in which he lived. He was largely interested as a stockholder in the Youngstown Ice Company, the Finished Steel Company, the Andrews Bros. & Company, and other leading corporations of the city. In social and secret society circles he was always active, being a member of the Elks, Masons, and Knights of Pythias, and was at all times ready to respond when called upon, either in the lodge room, or to contribute to worthy charity.

Judge King was never married, finding his greatest pleasure with his sisters and brother, whom he idolized, and to whom he gave the wealth of his affections.

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