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Alexander Campbell King (December 7, 1856 – July 25, 1926) was Solicitor General of the United States and later a United States federal judge.

Born in Charleston, South Carolina to J. Gadsden and Caroline Clifford (Postell), King read law and was admitted to the South Carolina Bar in 1875 at the age of nineteen, although he had not finished college. Following his admittance to the bar, King entered private practice in Atlanta, Georgia and began a series of jobs serving as general legal counsel to various railroad companies. For the Atlanta & West Point Railroad he took the position of assistant general counsel (1887-1893), simultaneously serving as general counsel for the East & West Railroad of Alabama (1887-1889), and again as assistant general counsel to the Richmond & Danville Railroad and Richmond & West Point Terminal Co., from 1890-1892. Lastly, King represented the Chattanooga, Rome & Columbus Railroad from 1894-1901. In 1912, King was appointed to the U.S. Court of Appeals, 5th Circuit, as a committee member to report on revision in equity in U.S. courts. He also served on the board of directors, and as one term chairman, of the Georgia State Bar Examiners from 1913-1918. In 1916, King received a civil law degree from the Sewanee, The University of the South, in Sewanee, Tennessee.

In November 1918, President Woodrow Wilson appointed King to serve as Solicitor General. With his breadth of knowledge in railroad legislation he was a valuable asset to the administration, contributing his expertise when faced with cases involving the Southern Pacific Railroad throughout 1919. During this time he also served as a counselor for the American Red Cross. On April 29, 1920, President Wilson nominated King to a seat on the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit vacated by Don Albert Pardee. King was confirmed by the United States Senate on May 24, 1920, and received his commission the same day.

After his judicial appointment, King resigned from his position as Solicitor General. He served on the Fifth Circuit until December 31, 1924, upon which he resigned to become a partner in the firm of King, Spalding, MacDougal & Sibley, near his home in Atlanta, Georgia. King died soon thereafter, in Flat Rock, North Carolina. He was survived by his wife of 45 years, Alice May Fowler, and sons Edward and Alexander C., and laid to rest in Atlanta, Georgia.

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This article incorporates text obtained from the public domain Office of the Solicitor General.

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Preceded by
John W. Davis
Solicitor General
1918–1920
Succeeded by
William L. Frierson
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