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Obituary of John Floyd King, Washington, D. C.

Gen. John Floyd King, Assistant Register of the Treasury, died in Washington, D. C., on May 8, 1915, at the age of seventy-three years.

Born of a distinguished Georgia family in the town of Monticello, John Floyd King entered the Confederate army at the outbreak of the war just after completing a course at the University of Virginia. He was promoted by various grades to the rank of colonel of artillery, in which branch of the Confederate service he commanded a battalion. At the close of the war he moved to Louisiana and engaged in planting and in the study of law. Shortly afterwards he was appointed brigadier general of the State troops.

Backed by his military record, General King was elected as a Democrat from Louisiana to the Forty-Sixth, Forty-Seventh, Forty-Eighth, and Forty-Ninth Congresses, and at the expiration of this public life he moved to Washington, where he had resided ever since. During his service in Congress, extending over many years, he was interested in the establishment of an interoceanic canal and was also chairman of the committee in charge of Mississippi River improvements and was intrumental in having the commission created. He was also a big factor in the suppression of the Louisiana Lottery.

General King was the last of his family, his brothers having been killed in action during the war, and in survived by his wife only. The funeral services took place at the Church of the Ascension, Rev. Dr. Nelms officiating.

SOURCE: Confedereate Veteran Magazine, July, 1915.

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