1819-1844, U.S. Senator William King


This U.S. Senator William King history mug is one of a collection of U.S. Governance biographical mugs.  An image of William King and a short biography are features of this history mug.

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William King was a delegate to the convention that organized the Alabama state government.   After Alabama was admitted as the 22nd state in 1819, he was elected to the U.S. Senate.  William King was the only U.S. executive official to take the oath of office while on foreign soil.  He was inaugurated in Havana, Cuba, where he was recuperating due to poor health.  He was the only vice president from Alabama, and he held the highest political office of any Alabamian in American history.  King died of tuberculosis after only 45 days in office, and with the exceptions of John Tyler and Andrew Johnson, both of whom succeeded to the presidency, he is the shortest serving vice president.

The United States Senate and House of Representatives comprise the legislative branch of the U.S. government.  Each state has two senators regardless of the state’s population.  U.S. senators serve staggered terms of six years.  Prior to 1913, senators were appointed by their state legislatures.  This changed with the 17th Amendment, which mandated senators be elected by popular vote.  The Senate has the power to ratify treaties and to confirm cabinet secretaries, federal judges, Supreme Court justices, and other federal executive officials.

William King was a member of the U.S. Senate prior to his election as vice president.  Many of the men who become president and vice president first served in Congress as members of the House of Representatives or in the U.S. Senate.  A number of these individuals first served in their state government as governor, state senator or in their state House of Representatives.

The biographical History Mugs were created to teach and inspire individuals to learn about our diverse and interesting history.  The biographies were researched and written by history enthusiast, Robert Compton.  He colorized most of the historic photos and images used on the mugs, which were originally black and white or sepia-tone.  The images and biographies are imprinted on mugs at his studio in rural Vermont.

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