William Rufus King Mausoleum in Selma’s Old Live Oak Cemetery

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William Rufus King (1786-1853) was a founder of Selma, AL and Vice President of the United States. He is buried in Old Live Oak Cemetery at Selma. At his gravesite is a historical marker that contains the following details about the life of William Rufus King:

Inscription on marker:

William Rufus de Vane King (1786-1853): Native Sampson County, North Carolina. Admitted to bar, 1806. North Carolina House of Commons 1807-1809. U.S. Congressman 1811-1816. Secretary U.S. Legation Naples and St. Petersburg 1816-1818. Moved to Dallas County, Alabama, 1818. A founder of Selma; named city. Delegate Alabama Constitutional Convention 1819. U.S. Senator 1819-1844, 1848-1853. U.S. Minister to France 1844-1846. President pro tempore U.S. Senate 1836-1840, 1850-1852. Vice President of United States 1853.


GPS coordinates of the William Rufus King mausoleum: 32.405667,-87.031428.

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