Alabama Department of Archives and History
William Rufus King
William Rufus King (1786-1853) was the 13th vice president of the United States and was a founder of Selma in Dallas County.
He was elected with President Franklin Pierce in 1852 and became the only vice president to take the oath on foreign soil.
King was one of Alabama's first U.S. Senators, serving more than 30 years, and held foreign-service positions for the U.S.
government in France and Russia.