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John King

Birthdate: (72)
Birthplace: Downtown, Old Toronto, Toronto, Toronto Division, Ontario, Canada
Death: August 30, 1916 (72)
Ontario, Canada
Immediate Family:

Son of Christina King
Husband of Isabel Grace King
Father of Isabel Christina Grace King; William Lyon Mackenzie King, PC, OM, CMG, 10th Prime Minister of Canada; Janet "Jennie" Lindsey Lay and Dougall Macdougall "Max" King

Occupation: Lawyer, historical and biographical essays, and two books on his legal specialty, defamation and criminal libel. But his law practice in Toronto was never as large or as profitable as he had hoped.
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About John King

A King's Who's Who Biographies

John King, father (1843-1916)

John King, 1892

Source John King, 1892 John King, father of Mackenzie King, was a lawyer in Berlin (now Kitchener), Ontario. In 1872 he married Isabel Grace Mackenzie. They had four children: Bella, Willie (Mackenzie King), Jennie and Max. In 1893, the family moved to Toronto, where John King worked as a lawyer, lecturer and writer. In his later years, his eyesight began to fail, and he became nearly blind. He died in 1916. This photograph of his carte-de-visite was taken at Preston, Ontario. John King, the father of Mackenzie King, was born shortly after the death of his father. He was raised by his widowed mother, Christina, who lived with her brother Dougall Macdougall, a newspaper editor and publisher in Berlin (now Kitchener), Ontario. John studied at the University of Toronto earning his B.A. in 1864 and M.A. in 1865. He then returned to Berlin and edited the Telegraph for a short period of time. After that, he went back to the University of Toronto, to Osgoode Hall, and was called to the Bar in 1869. He began his own law practice in Berlin. On December 12, 1872, he married Isabel Grace Mackenzie. The couple settled in Berlin and lived there for more than 20 years with their growing family. In 1893, John King accepted a part-time lectureship at Osgoode Hall and the family moved to Toronto. John King enjoyed teaching and held that job for 22 years. He was also a respected writer. His writings included literary articles for the Toronto Globe, some historical and biographical essays, and two books on his legal specialty, defamation and criminal libel. But his law practice in Toronto was never as large or as profitable as he had hoped. John King's eyesight began to fail and he became nearly blind. He died on August 30, 1916. Shortly afterwards, Mackenzie King wrote: "Dear Father, to be like him in spirit and in heart is my ambition now.... It has been a joy to reflect that in these apartments he spent his last night with me, that he and mother and I dined together here, that we shared music and song together & sweet companionship.... How sacred these remembrances are now." (Diary, October 13, 1916)

Source John King, 1892 John King, father of Mackenzie King, was a lawyer in Berlin (now Kitchener), Ontario. In 1872 he married Isabel Grace Mackenzie. They had four children: Bella, Willie (Mackenzie King), Jennie and Max. In 1893, the family moved to Toronto, where John King worked as a lawyer, lecturer and writer. In his later years, his eyesight began to fail, and he became nearly blind. He died in 1916. This photograph of his carte-de-visite was taken at Preston, Ontario.

John King, Mackenzie King's paternal grandfather, was born in Aberdeenshire, Scotland. His military career in the Royal Artillery brought him to Canada in 1834. He was stationed in Kingston during the Upper Canada Rebellion of 1837 and was part of the force that later drove back an attempted invasion of rebels from the United States. Mackenzie King frequently mentioned that his two grandfathers had fought on opposing sides during the Rebellion.

In 1841, John King married Christina Macdougall. She was also from Scotland and had immigrated with her family to Canada in 1830. John died of tuberculosis in 1843, four months before the birth of his son. http://www.collectionscanada.gc.ca/king/023011-1050.04-e.html

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John King's Timeline

1843
September 15, 1843
Toronto, Toronto Division, Ontario, Canada
1873
November 15, 1873
Age 30
Berlin, Waterloo County, Ontario, Canada
1874
December 17, 1874
Age 31
Berlin, Ontario, Canada
1876
August 28, 1876
Age 32
Ontario, Canada
1878
1878
Age 34
Berlin, Waterloo County, Ontario, Canada
1893
1893
Age 49
Osgoode Hall
1916
August 30, 1916
Age 72
Ontario, Canada
August 30, 1916
Age 72
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Kitchener, ON, Canada