John W. King

Politician

1918 – 1996

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Who was John W. King?

John William King was an American lawyer, jurist, and Democratic politician from Manchester, New Hampshire. He received his law degree from Columbia Law School in 1943. He practiced law in Manchester and served in the New Hampshire House of Representatives. After his three terms as Governor of New Hampshire, he served on the New Hampshire Supreme Court from 1979, and as its Chief Justice from 1981 until 1986.

King was a Roman Catholic and after his death in 1996 he was buried in the New St. Joseph's Cemetery in Bedford, New Hampshire.

As Governor, King instituted the first State Lottery in the nation since 1894. He was a major hawk and a fierce supporter of President Lyndon B. Johnson during the Vietnam War.

During his attacks of Senator Eugene J. McCarthy, Mr. Johnson's challenger in the New Hampshire primary, Mr. King questioned Senator McCarthy's national loyalty and also warned that a strong vote for "the appeaser," would be "greeted with cheers in Hanoi."

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Born
Oct 10, 1918
Manchester
Also known as
  • John King
Religion
  • Catholicism
Nationality
  • United States of America
Profession
Education
  • Harvard University
Lived in
  • Manchester
Died
Aug 9, 1996
Manchester

Submitted
on July 23, 2013

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