From History of Dane County, Wisconsin, publ. by Western Historical Company, Chicago, 1880, page 1006

CHARLES KING, superintendent of the experimental machine shop at the University of Wisconsin; was born June 11, 1849, at Ithaca, N.Y.; he was educated mainly in his native city, both in the pubic schools and a special course at Cornell University; while in the university, he worked regularly in the machine-shop connected with that institution; he spent one year in a locomotive machine shop in New Orleans, La., and one season was engaged in erecting machinery for a cotton-mill in Canton, Miss.; in January 1877, he was called to take charge of the experimental machine-shop at the University of Wisconsin, which position he has continued to fill to the present date. The object of this establishment is to give practical instruction in the use of tools and machinery, and it is utilized mainly by the class in mechanical engineering; thirteen students received instruction during the past year, and about $2,000 worth of work was completed, including a steam-engine for the State capital, and apparatus for the Astronomical Observatory; pattern work and molding are also done to a limited extent. He is a mechanic both practical and theoretical. He is a member of Hobasco Lodge, No. 716, A.F. & A.M., of Ithaca, N.Y. Politically he is a Republican; religiously, is liberal.

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