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Record 777/2101
Date: 1894
King, William Rufus. Attorney, p. 66. Born in Walla Walla, Washington on October 3, 1864. Probably named for a U. S. Vice President in 1850's with same name. Worked on a farm in Malheur County. Attended Oregon State Agricultural College for three years beginning in 1882. Returned to Malheur County to farm until 1889 when he went to Danville, Indiana, to study law graduating July 1, 1891. After practicing law in Indiana, he came back to Oregon and set up a practice in Vale. He was elected representative to the Oregon legislature in 1892. He married Myrtle King of Danville on December 6, 1892. He moved his practice to Baker City in spring of 1893. That fall he changed from democrat to people’s party. In Spring of 1894 he was nominated by the people’s party for state senator for Malheur and Baker counties. The democrats nominated no one to oppose him. He was elected by a majority of 380 votes over the republican candidate, C. A. Johns of Baker City. He was nominated as president of the senate. He was nominated for governor (apparently in 1898) by the people’s, democratic, and silver republican parties. In 1899 he returned to Malheur County and set up a law practice in Ontario. He eventually ended up in Portland during the period around 1910-1919. (Info from special edition of Morning Democrate dated May 20,1898.)
Gallery #5 PEOPLE, SCHOOLS, ORGANIZATIONS, CHURCHES -King, William Rufus. Attorney, State Representative and State Senator.
Will R. King, Attorney.

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