The OHS Pipe Organ Database

BuilderID 7816

Builder Identification

Elmira, New York 1860s-1889; succeeded by Wm. King & Son.

Additional Notes

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

    Born April 3, 1835 in Ireland; father of Edward J. King and William B. King; in New York City, New York, 1849; apprentice with Henry Erben and William Robjohn firms of New York City; with William Robjohn firm in Elmira, New York, 1862; operated his own firm in Elmira, 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; retired 1918; died October 1, 1923 in Chicago.


    • 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, (Richmond, Va., Organ Historical Society, 1986), 14.
    • Elizabeth Towne Schmitt.
    • Robert Bruce Whiting, "Rebuilding a William King & Son Organ", The Tracker 9:2, 5.
    • Barbara Owen, and Thomas Cunningham, "New Revised Builders List", The Tracker 9:2, 11. 

Database Entries

There are 8 entries in the database that describe organs by William King.

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