A Family Legacy: The King Library in Bensalem, Pennsylvania
This last installment in the King and book history series will examine the King Library in Bensalem, Pennsylvania, an institution founded by Rufus King’s grandson, Dr. Charles Ray King in 1888. As I noted in my previous post, Charles inherited the books of his father and grandfather.
Charles was born on March 16, 1813, the second son of John Alsop King and Mary Ray King. He grew up in Jamaica, Long Island, near Rufus King’s home and no doubt was exposed to the library at an early age. He attended grammar school in Jamaica, graduated from Columbia in 1831, and received his medical degree from the University of Pennsylvania in 1834. He then spent two years studying in Paris before returning to New York and working as a physician. (more…)