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King, John (01 January 1813–19 June 1893), physician and pharmacologist, was born in New York City, the son of Harman King, a custom house official, and Marguerite La Porte. He completed his undergraduate education (it is not known which college he attended) mostly to placate his parents’ desire that he enter some sort of commercial pursuit; however, he was more interested in a scientific career and while in school read extensively about physics, chemistry, and botany. In 1833 he married Charlotte Armington, with whom he had eight children. In 1835 he delivered a series of lectures on topics related to the earth’s magnetism at the Mechanic’s Institute of New York and the New Bedford (Mass.) Lyceum....