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  • Monument Name

    William Rufus King Memorial, Clinton

  • Type

    Bust

  • Subjects

    Historic Political Figures

  • Creator

    Karl Heinrich Gruppe, Sculptor

  • City

    Clinton

  • County

    Sampson

  • Description

    Cast in 1930, the monument commemorates William Rufus King. The bronze bust measures approximately 3 feet and 1 inch by 2 feet and 3 inches by 1 foot and 7 inches. Its granite base measures approximately 5 feet and 9 inches by 2 feet by 2 feet.

    Images: Inscription

  • Inscription

    Granite base: WILLIAM / RUFUS / KING / 1786-1853 / NATIVE OF / SAMPSON COUNTY / CONGRESSMAN / MINISTER TO FRANCE / SENATOR AND / VICE PRESIDENT OF / THE UNITED STATES

    Back, lower right corner: KARL GRUPPE SCULPTOR 1930

  • Custodian

    Sampson County

  • Dedication Date

    1930

  • Decade

    1930s

  • Geographic Coordinates

    34.998130 , -78.324000 View in Geobrowsemap pin

  • Supporting Sources

      "King Monument Dream Realized," The Sampson Independent, November 6, 1930

      "King Monument to be Ready Soon," The Sampson Independent, October 23, 1930

      "King, William Rufus de Vane, (1786-1853)," Biographical Directory of the United States Congress (accessed June 6, 2014) Link

      "Rufus King Memorial Plans Now Underway," The Sampson News, June 4, 1930

      "William Rufus King," Smithsonian Sculptures on Waymarking.com, (accessed June 6, 2014) Link

      Smithsonian American Art Museum and the Renwick Gallery. "Karl H. Gruppe" (accessed June 6, 2014) Link

      Smithsonian American Art Museum, "William Rufus King, (sculpture)," Art Inventories Catalog (accessed June 6, 2014) Link

      United States Senate. "William Rufus King, 13th Vice President (1853)," Senate History (accessed June 6, 2014) Link

  • Public Site

    Yes

  • Materials & Techniques

    Bronze (bust), Granite (base)

  • Subject Notes

    William Rufus King was born in Sampson County, North Carolina in 1786. Throughout his long and successful career as a politician, the Sampson native worked as a lawyer, a member of the U.S. House of Representatives, Senator, Minister to France, and Vice President of the United States. Unfortunately, King's role as Vice President was short lived as he died just weeks after his inauguration.

    Within Clinton, attorney Captain Fitzburgh Whitfield sought for many years to have the memory of King honored by his fellow Sampsonians and Clintonians.

  • Location

    The monument is located in front of the Sampson County Courthouse centered in front of the two stairways leading into the courthouse. The bust faces northwest towards Vance Street.

  • Landscape

    The monument is surrounded by foliage as well as the stone, brick, and metal of the stairways nearby.

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