Selma in Dallas County, Alabama — The American South (East South Central)
Highlights of Selma History / William Rufus DeVane King 1786-1853
Vice President of the United States
He moved to Dallas Co., Alabama in 1818; named and was a founder of the City of Selma; a delegate to the 1819 State Constitutional Convention; U.S. Senator 1819-1844 and 1848-1852; U.S. Minister to France 1844-1846; and President Pro tempore U.S. Senate 1836-1841 and 1850-1852.
King was elected Vice President in 1852 and because of his poor health traveled to Cuba. By a Special Act of Congress he was permitted to take the oath of office in Matanzas, Cuba on March 24, 1853. His health did not improve and he returned to Alabama where he died April 18, 1853 at his King’s Bend Plantation.
Erected 1981 by Alabama Historical Commission / Selma-Dallas County Historic Preservation Society.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Bridges & Viaducts • Civil Rights • Government & Politics • Settlements & Settlers • War, US Civil. In addition, it is included in the Lafayette’s Farewell Tour series list. A significant historical month for this entry is April 1899.
Location. 32° 24.589′ N, 87° 1.255′ W. Marker is in Selma, Alabama, in Dallas County. Marker is on Broad Street (U.S. 80), on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 222 Broad St, Selma AL 36702, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers VII In. Brooke Rifle (within shouting distance of this marker); St. Paul’s Episcopal Church Est. 1838 (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Burning of Downtown (approx. 0.2 miles away); Sgt Robert Weakley Patton (approx. 0.2 miles away); Lieutenant John Tillman Melvin (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Sleeping Prophet (approx. 0.2 miles away); Lee - Bender - Butler House (approx. 0.2 miles away); Federal Building and U.S. Court House (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Selma.
Related marker. Click here for another marker that is related to this marker. An additional William R. King Marker and gravesite.
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