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Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing),
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King, James Wilson 1818- Naval engineer; born in Maryland in 1818; entered the navy in 1844 as third assistant engineer; served through the Mexican War; was promoted to chief engineer in 1852; was appointed chief engineer of the navy-yard in New York in 1858; and chief engineer of the Atlantic blockading squadron in 1861. In 1869-73 he was chief of the bureau of steam engineering. He was retired in 1880. During his service he made many improvements in the construction and equipment of war vessels. His publications include European ships of War; The War ships and navies of the world.