King, Cyrus – Lawyer

People Who Called Scarborough Home

By Charlene Fenlason

Cyrus King

King Burial Ground Plaque

King Burial Ground Plaque

Born in Scarborough 16 September 1772, Cyrus King was the youngest son of Richard King and Mary Black. He attended Phillips Academy in Andover and graduated from Columbia College. Cyrus studied law and then served as private secretary to his half-brother Rufus when he was United States Minister to Great Britain in 1796. After completing his law studies in Biddeford, he was admitted to the bar in 1797 and began his practice in Saco. Cyrus served as major general of the Sixth Division, Massachusetts Militia; was one of the founders of Thornton Academy in Saco; and was elected representative to the Thirteenth and Fourteenth Congresses (4 March 1813 to 3 March 1817). He returned to Saco where he died 25 April 1817.


Ernst, Robert. Rufus King: American Federalist. Williamsburg, VA: The University of North Carolina Press, 1968.

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