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King, Charles Bird

David Meschutt

in American National Biography Online

Published in print January 1999 |
Published online February 2000 | e-ISBN: 9780198606697 | DOI:

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King, Charles Bird (26 September 1785–18 March 1862), artist, was born in Newport, Rhode Island, the only child of Captain Zebulon King and Deborah Bird. When King was four his father, a revolutionary war veteran, was killed by Indians while tilling land in Ohio awarded to him for his military service. King was left a sizable estate that made him financially independent throughout his life. He was raised by his mother in the Moravian church whose traditions of honesty, industry, austerity, and universal Christian brotherhood made a deep impression on him. Both his childhood friends and those of his later years remarked on his generous, unselfish nature and pleasant disposition. He was educated in Newport, and his schoolmates included the future artist ...

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Subjects: Drawing and Pastels ; Painting

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