Hamilton King, educator and diplomatist, was born at St. Johns, Newfoundland on June 4, 1852. He became a United States citizen by naturalization. In 1878 he graduated from Olivet College, Michigan. From 1878-79 he attended the Chicago
Theological Seminary; Chicago University in 1881; Leipzig University in 1883-84; and the American School in Athens, Greece in 1884. King was principal of the preparatory department at Olivet
College from 1879 to 1898 where he also held the position of professor of Greek. In 1898 King was appointed minister resident and consul general
to Siam by President William McKinley. In 1903 he was raised to the level of Minister. He held this Siamese post until his sudden death in 1912. King was a noted author, lecturer, and active educator during his life. Hamilton King was married to Cora Lee Seward at New Hackensack, New York, on August 27, 1884. Mrs. King was born in Elgin, Illinois on February 19, 1855. She accompanied her husband to Siam and resided with him in Siam for the greater part of thirteen years. Mrs. King's diaries form one of the most interesting parts of the Hamilton King Papers [See Finding Aid for Boxes 11 to 13]. She died at the age of
79 in 1934. The Kings had three daughters: Helen M., Marie S., and Cora Lee. All three did undergraduate and graduate work after they
had spent their childhood and early girlhood in Siam and Germany.