LEVI W. KING, Attorney and Justice of the Peace, Hesperia, was born in Orange Co., Vermont, Feb. 28, 1833. His parents were Nathaniel and Almira (Bean) King, natives of New England, who moved to Ionia Co., Mich., where they died at the advanced ages of 84 and 76, respectively. When he was three yeara of age his parents moved to Washington, Orange Co., Vt., where he received a fair education in the common schools; also attended Barrie Academy. At the age of 21 he commenced life for himself. He first came to St. Joseph County, this State, and settled at Three Rivers, where he followed his trade, that of cabinet-maker, which he had previously learned in Chelsea, Vermont, where he had been apprenticed to a Mr. Cross.
June 1, 1857, he married Mary E. Finch, and they settled in Jones Co., Iowa, where he worked on a farm and taught school. He then moved to Hastings, Mich., and worked at his trade until 1863, thence to Kent County, remaining a short time, thence to Mecosta County, where he worked on a farm till 1874, then moved to Hesperia, this county, where he has since resided. They have had six children: Ada A., born Sept. 20, 1858; Frank W., Sept. 26, 1863; Archive V., Sept. 8, 1873; Henry H., born in August, 1860 , died in October, 1862; Elmer E., born April 14, 1862; died in October 1862; Fannie, born in August, 1868, died in December, 1869. Mr. King is a member of the I.O.G.T.; is Justice of the Peace and Notary Public. In politics he is a Prohibitionist.