James King of William (WPA) by Peter Van Valkenburgh

James King of William (WPA) by Peter Van Valkenburgh

James King of William (WPA)

Peter Van Valkenburgh

Title

James King of William (WPA)

 
Artist
Year
1939  
Technique
lithograph 
Image Size
16 5/8 x 11 1/2" image 
Signature
pencil signed along lower sheet edge 
Edition Size
about 28 impressions 
Annotations
dated August 1939 on the stone, blindstamp of the California Federal Art Project in the lower right near the signature 
Reference
WPA Graphics Achenbach Collection 65.37.977 
Paper
ivory wove Warren's Oldstyle 
State
published 
Publisher
California Federal Art Project WPA 
Inventory ID
AFAE201 
Price
$300.00 
Description

James King of William (1822-1956) was a crusading San Francisco newspaper editor who was shot to death. He was born the son of William King in Georgetown on January 28, 1822, and eventually took on the name James King of William to denote his lineage. He married in 1843 and had six children but left them behind when he journeyed west in 1848 to change his fortune. He was fortunate enough to arrive in California during its Gold Rush and made his first financial success from the gold found near Hangtown. He worked in Sacramento for a short time and then opened a bank on Montgomery Street in San Francisco. After the failure of this bank, his other forays into banking had similar results. In 1855, the first edition of the Daily Evening Bulletin was published with King as the editor and he used the newspaper to campaign against corruption.

On May 4, 1856, King was shot and killed by James P. Casey, the editor of The Sunday Times after King wrote that he had served time in Sing Sing prison. James King of William was inducted into the California Newspaper Hall of Fame.