King, Samuel Alexander (1834–1918)

By: Clifton Caldwell

Type: Biography

Published: 1952

Updated: November 23, 2017

Samuel Alexander King, Presbyterian minister, was born near Versailles, Woodford County, Kentucky, on October, 11, 1834, the son of William Montgomery and Lucy (Railey) King. He and his family arrived in Texas in 1851. Although King never attended a seminary, he studied privately and was ordained a minister in San Marcos in 1856. He married Athelia Anna King of Crockett in January 1860; they had eight children. King was called to the First Presbyterian Church in Waco in 1863 and served as minister there for forty years. In 1902 he was made a teacher of systematic theology at Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary. He was awarded D.D. degrees by Baylor University in 1881 and Southwestern Presbyterian University at Clarksville, Tennessee, in 1885. King was a delegate to the First General Presbyterian Council, held in Edinburgh, Scotland, in 1877; he served as a member of the directing boards of Southwestern Presbyterian University and of the Austin seminary. He died in Austin on September 21, 1918, and was buried at Oakwood Cemetery in Waco.

National Cyclopaedia of American Biography, Vol. 9.

  • Religion
  • Presbyterian

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November 23, 2017