Bedford County TN Biographies


PROF. WILLIAM B. KING, president of Hutchings college, Hutchings, Tenn., was born in Bedford county of that state, Nov. 26, 1868, his parents being John B. and Sarah F. (Isom) King. The ancestry of Professor King can be traced back without difficulty for several generations. His grandfather, Charles Brandon King, came to Bedford county from Virginia with his parents, Jefferson and Achia (Dale) King, at a very early date. Charles B. King married Cyrene McQuiddy, whose father, Newton McQuiddy, came from Ireland before the Revolutionary war. He served in the American army during that conflict, afterward settling in Bedford county.

On the maternal side, the grandfather was James Isom, who came to Bedford county from Ireland. He there married Louisa Holt, a native of the county, and the descendants of these families have been represented in Bedford county for more than a century. During the Civil war the father of Professor King served in Company K, Forty-fourth Tennessee infantry, for two years and eight months. He and his wife are now living at Malakoff, Tex. He is a Free Mason and a Democrat, and both he and his wife are members of the Cumberland Presbyterian church, in which for a long time he was an elder. Of the fourteen children born to them, ten are now living.

Professor King received his education in the public schools, Center academy and Manchester college. At the age of seventeen he began teaching, which has ever since been his vocation. He has occupied important positions in the Auburn academy, the Verdie Normal school, as associate principal of Central college and is at present the president of Hutchings college, of White county. Professor King is a Democrat in his political views, belongs to the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, and has for twenty years been a member of the Cumberland Presbyterian church. He was married, in 1894, to Miss Ella Gunter, of Cannon county, Tenn., and they have one child, Jesse Dale. Mrs. King is a member of the Christian church.

From Notable Men of Tennessee, transcribed by Kim Mohler

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