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King, Turner R.

Born: 1812-01-12 Sutton, Massachusetts

King moved to Springfield, Illinois in 1840 and remained until 1842. That year, he moved to Missouri before returning to Illinois in 1844, to settle in Pekin, and then back to Springfield in 1849. While there, Zachary Taylor appointed King register of the Land Office. In 1854, he won election as police magistrate and remained in that office for one year. In 1860, he worked as a land dealer and had amassed $35,000 in real estate. Abraham Lincoln selected him as United States collector for the Eighth Illinois Congressional District in 1862, and he remained in that office until 1865.

John Carroll Power and S. A. Power, History of the Early Settlers of Sangamon County, Illinois (Springfield, IL: Edwin A. Wilson, 1876), 429; U.S. Census Office, Eighth Census of the United States (1860), Sangamon County, IL, 242.