Adam King (congressman)

Adam King (January 20, 1783 – May 6, 1835) was a Jacksonian member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Pennsylvania.

Adam King
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Pennsylvania's 10th district
In office
March 4, 1827 – March 3, 1833
Preceded byJames S. Mitchell
Succeeded byWilliam Clark
Personal details
Johann Adam King

(1783-01-20)January 20, 1783
York, Pennsylvania, U.S.
DiedMay 6, 1835(1835-05-06) (aged 52)
York, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Resting placeProspect Hill Cemetery
Political partyJacksonian
Alma materUniversity of Pennsylvania

Early lifeEdit

Johann Adam King[1] was born in York, Pennsylvania on January 20, 1783. He studied medicine in the University of Pennsylvania at Philadelphia and commenced practice in York.[2]


He edited and published the York Gazette from 1818 to 1835. He served as clerk of the courts of York County, Pennsylvania, from 1818 to 1826.[2]

On January 29, 1825, Dr. Adam King, Col. M.H.Spangler, and Jacob Spangler escorted Gilbert du Motier, marquis de La Fayette and his son George Washington Lafayette, who were touring America, to Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. They returned to York on February 2, where they were greeted by six military companies and large crowds of people hailing Lafayette.[1]

King was elected to the Twentieth Congress and reelected as a Jacksonian to the Twenty-first and Twenty-second Congresses. He was an unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1832 to the Twenty-third Congress. King then resumed the practice of medicine.[2]


King died in York on May 6, 1835. He was interred at Prospect Hill Cemetery.[2]

His obituary indicates that he died at home by suicide on May 6, 1835. However, his tombstone reads: "Dr. Adam King January 20, 1783 – May 7, 1835 For 6 years (from Mar 4, 1827 – Mar 4, 1833) the deceased ably and honorably represented the county of York in the Congress of the U.S".[1]


  1. ^ a b c "Johann Adam King". Strine and Yessler Families of York County, PA. Retrieved August 23, 2021.
  2. ^ a b c d "King, Adam". Retrieved August 23, 2021.


U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Pennsylvania's 10th congressional district

Succeeded by