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  BENJAMIN KING of Hazelhurst, Representative from Copiah County, was born Dec. 30, 1890, at Beauregard, in Copiah County.  His parents were Benjamin and Ada Caroline (Eagan) KingBenjamin King, Sr., was born at Gallatin, the old County Seat of Copiah County.  His father's name was also Benjamin King; his mother was Evaline (Harris) King.  In 1870 he removed with his parents to Beauregard.  He was a lawyer by profession.  During the War he served as conscript hunter when he was but sixteen years old.  In 1878 and again in 1880 he was elected to the State Senate from the counties of Copiah and Claiborne.  He died at Beauregard in 1912, after useful and honorable life.  The maternal grandparents of the subject of this sketch were Martin Warren Eagan and Laura (Stackhouse) Eagan of Cedar Hill Plantation, Crystal Springs, Mississippi.  The Eagan family came to this country from County Clare, Ireland.  Martin Warren Eagan was in 1832 proprietor of the old Eagle Hotel in Jackson, Mississippi, near the Old Capitol.  In 1831, his brother Daniel B. Eagan, was representative from Copiah County; and his uncle, Justice E. G. Peyton, was a prominent man in Copiah County when Gallatin was the county seat, in 1832 and the years following  Representative King received his early education in the Beauregard Public School.  He afterwards attended the Wesson High High School, graduating with first honors in 1909; he then spent two years at Ruskin Cave College in Tennessee, where he ranked high in his class.  He was reared on a farm and in connection with his interest in farm life was a conscientious student.  For three years he taught school in Copiah County, and is deeply interested in educational matters.  He was always favored better rural conditions, the building of gravel roads and consolidated schools in his section, and has written for the press upon those subjects.  He studied law privately with such diligence that in 1912 he was able to pass the bar examination, and began to practice at Hazlehurst.  Though scarcely more than a youth the people sought him for a public position and at the early age of twenty-four he was elected to the Legislature over ten opponents, solely on his own merits.  A brilliant and useful public career is predicted for him by his friends.  In the Hosue he is ably serving on the following committees: - Judiciary: Constitution; Corporations; Eleemosynary Institutions.  Mr. King is a Democrat, and has served on the Copiah County Executive Committee.  He is a Methodist and a member of the Woodmen of the World.  He is not married.
Source: The Official and Statistical Register of the State of Mississippi - Centennial Edition by Dunbar Rowland, LL.D. Publ. Madison, Wis. Democrat Printing Co. 1917 - Page 850



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