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About Austin Augustus King
Austin Augustus King (September 21, 1802 – April 22, 1870), also known as Austin A. King and Austin King, was the tenth Governor of Missouri and United States Congressman.
King was born in Sullivan County, Tennessee. After getting a law degree he first practiced in Jackson, Tennessee and later in Columbia, Missouri
He served as a colonel in the United States Army during the Black Hawk War, was a member of the Missouri House of Representatives from 1834–1836, circuit judge from 1837-1848. He presided over the trial of Joseph Smith, Jr. founder of the Latter Day Saint movement during the 1838 Mormon War.
He was Missouri Governor from November 20, 1848 until January 3, 1853 (failing in his re-election bid).
He was a delegate to the Lexington, Missouri Slave Owners Convention of July 12, 1855 which endorsed a pro-slavery position for Kansas which was to contribute to the Bleeding Kansas battle.
He was a delegate to the 1860 Democratic National Convention where he campaigned for Stephen A. Douglas. He was again circuit judge from 1862–1863, when he resigned to take his elected seat as Unionist Representative to the 38th United States Congress from Missouri's 6th congressional district; and served from March 4, 1863 until March 3, 1865, as he did not win re-election in 1864.
He died in St. Louis, Missouri and buried in Richmond Cemetery in Richmond, Missouri.