Wm. King (& Son) View Extant Instruments View Instruments


Elmira, New York 1887-1900; Chicago, Illinois 1900-1903.
Classification: Builder

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October 30, 2004:

From the OHS PC Database, derived from A Guide to North American Organbuilders, by David H. Fox (Richmond, Va.: Organ Historical Society, 1991). —

Born 3 April 1835 in Ireland; father of Edward J. and William B. King; in New York City, New York, 1849; apprentice with Erben and Robjohn firms of New York City, New York; with Robjohn firm in Elmira, New York, 1862; operated firm in Elmira, New York, 1865; partner with son William B. King, 1889; firm bankrupt, 1900; relocated to Chicago, Illinois, 1900; representative of Hook & Hastings of Kendal Green, Massachusetts, in Chicago, Illinois; retired 1918; died 1 Oct. 1923 in Chicago, Illinois.


  • The Diapason August 1918, 7.
  • The Diapason November 1923, 3.
  • Orpha Ochse, The History of the Organ in the United States (Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1975), 280.
  • Organ Handbook 1986 (Richmond, Va.: Organ Historical Society), 14.
  • Elizabeth Towne Schmitt.
  • Robert Bruce Whiting, "Rebuilding A William King & Son Organ", The Tracker: 9:2 (Richmond, Va.: Organ Historical Society, ), 5.
  • Barbara J. Owen and Thomas Cunningham, "New Revised Builders List", The Tracker: 9:2 (Richmond, Va.: Organ Historical Society, 1965), 11.

We received the most recent update for this note from Database Manager on September 18, 2019.

Database Specs:

  • 40 Organs
  • 3 Divisions
  • 6 Consoles

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