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Gen. John Q. T. King

Gen. John Q. T. King

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Gen. John Q. T. King's great-aunt Minerva Woodson and her class in Memphis

Gen. John Q. T. King's great-aunt Minerva Woodson and her class in Memphis

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Gen. John Q. T. King's grandfather Benjamin F. Woodson (18451912) and his extended family

Gen. John Q. T. King's grandfather Benjamin F. Woodson (18451912) and his extended family

Dates alive: 
1921–2011
Family: 
Woodson
Residence (at time of interview): 
Austin, TX

John Quill Taylor King was born in Memphis, Tennessee, the son of Alice Woodson, a teacher, and John Quill Taylor, a doctor.  When his mother remarried after his father’s death, he took the surname of his stepfather, Charles King, a funeral director.  King graduated from Fisk University in 1941 and then entered the  U.S. Army.  He retired from the Army Reserves as a Major General. 

General King, who had numerous degrees, taught mathematics at Huston-Tillotson College in Austin, Texas, and served as its longest-standing president from 1965 to 1988.   In retirement he ran the family mortuary.  He and his wife, Marcet Alice Hines, also a college teacher, had three children, two of whom became physicians.  General King admired his great-aunt, Minerva Jane Woodson, a teacher who was his main source for much of the Woodson family history.  As he said, when explaining the Woodson urge to excel, "Failure was not a word in our family." 

Interview Information: 

9 July 1994, Columbus, OH
Interviewee: John Quill Taylor King

Excerpts: 
Ancestry: 
  • Thomas Woodson 1790–1879 Jemima Price 1783–1868
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  • William Woodson 1822–1866
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  • Benjamin F. Woodson 1844–1912
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  • John Q. T. King 1921–2011

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