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Horatio Collins King
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Born (1837-12-22)December 22, 1837
Died November 15, 1918(1918-11-15) (aged 80)
Place of birth Portland, Maine
Place of death Brooklyn, New York
Place of burial Green-Wood Cemetery
Allegiance United States of America
Service/branch United States Army
Union Army
New York National Guard
Years of service 1862 – 1865 (Army), 1876 – 1883 (National Guard)
Rank Brevet Colonel (Army)
Brigadier General (National Guard)
Battles/wars American Civil War
Awards Medal of Honor
Other work Judge-Advocate-General, New York

Horatio Collins King (December 22, 1837 – November 15, 1918) was a Union Army soldier who received the Medal of Honor for his actions during the American Civil War. He also served as a U.S. lawyer, politician and author.


Horatio Collins King, seated

Horatio Collins King

Born in Portland, Maine, he graduated at Dickinson College in 1858, studied law, and was admitted to the bar in New York City in 1861. He served in the armies of the Potomac and Shenandoah during the Civil War from August 1862 until October 1865, when he resigned with the rank of brevet colonel. He earned the Medal of Honor for service near Dinwiddie Courthouse, Virginia, on March 31, 1865.

He then practiced law until 1870, when he became connected with the press. In 1883, he was appointed judge-advocate-general of New York. He was the author of The Plymouth Silver Wedding (New York, 1873); The Brooklyn Congregational Council (1876); King's Guide to Regimental Courts-Martial (1882); and edited Proceedings of the Army of the Potomac (1879–'87).

In 1895, he ran on the Democratic ticket for Secretary of State of New York, but was defeated by Republican John Palmer.

In 1912, he ran on the Progressive ticket for New York State Comptroller, but was defeated by Democrat William Sohmer.

His father, Horatio King, was Postmaster General of the United States.

Medal of Honor citationEdit

Rank and organization: Major and Quartermaster, U.S. Volunteers. Place and date: Near Dinwiddie Courthouse, Va., March 31, 1865. Entered service at: Brooklyn, N.Y. Born: December 22, 1837, Portland, Maine. Date of issue: September 23, 1897.


While serving as a volunteer aide, carried orders to the reserve brigade and participated with it in the charge which repulsed the enemy.

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  • PD-icon This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domain: Wilson, James Grant; Fiske, John, eds. (1891) "article name needed" Appletons' Cyclopædia of American Biography New York: D. Appleton 

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