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Harvard University, Cambridge, MA 02138
Columbia University, 116th St & Broadway, New York, NY 10027
École des Beaux-Arts, 14 Rue Bonaparte, 75006 Paris
340 E 72nd St, New York, NY 10021
Kingscote, 253 Bellevue Ave, Newport, RI 02840
Island Cemetery Newport, Newport County, Rhode Island, USA

Frederic Rhinelander King (April 13, 1887 – March 20, 1972), was an American architect, and the co-founder with Marion Sims Wyeth of the architecture firm Wyeth and King.[1] King's mother, Ethel Ledyard Rhinelander, was Edith Wharton's first cousin and King served as the executor of Wharton's American estate.[9][10]

Frederic Rhinelander King was born in 1887. He was the son of LeRoy King (1857–1895) and the former Ethel Ledyard Rhinelander (1857–1925) of New York and Newport, Rhode Island.[2] His siblings included LeRoy King, Jr., who married Mary Isabel Lockwood (daughter of Benoni Lockwood), Katharine Bulkeley Lawrence (niece of Edward H. Bulkeley), and Pamela Anne Sutherland Woodbury (daughter of George Henry Sutherland);[3] and art collector Ethel Marjory King, who married Charles Howland Russell.[4] The Kings' Newport residence was designed for his father by Stanford White, at the corner of Berkeley and Bellevue Avenues.[5]

His paternal grandparents were Edward King and Mary Augusta LeRoy. Through his father, he was a direct descendant of both Nicholas Fish and Peter Stuyvesant, the last Dutch Director-General of New Netherland.[1] His great-aunt, Elizabeth Stuyvesant LeRoy was the mother of D. LeRoy Dresser and Edith Stuyvesant Dresser, who was married to George Washington Vanderbilt II and, later, U.S. Senator from Rhode Island, Peter Goelet Gerry. His maternal grandparents were Frederic William Rhinelander, trustee and the president of the Metropolitan Museum of Art,[6] and Frances Davenport Skinner.[7][8]

He was educated at St. George's School, Newport after which he entered Harvard College,[1] where he graduated from in 1908 with a Bachelor of Arts cum laude. He then studied architecture at Columbia University from 1908-1911, followed by studies at the prestigious École des Beaux-Arts, in Paris, from 1912-1914.[9]

King apprenticed at the prominent beaux-arts architecture firm McKim, Mead & White from 1914–1917, and was associated with architect Lawrence Grant White between 1915 and 1917. His career was interrupted by the First World War. He served with the American Red Cross Commission in 1917, and following America's entry into the war, served as First Lieutenant in the US Army from 1918 until 1919.[9]

Following the war, King continued his apprenticeship at the architecture firm Carrère and Hastings from 1919-1920. He formed an association in 1920 with the architect Marion Sims Wyeth, a friend from his student days in Paris.[9] They formally joined in partnership in 1932, known as Wyeth and King and after 1944 as Wyeth, King and Johnson.[11] Generally speaking, Wyeth and Johnson were responsible for the work in Florida, while King was responsible for the work in Newport and New York City.[12]

In 1924, King married Edith Percy Morgan (1891–1968), the daughter of David Percy Morgan and Edith Parsons, at the Church of the Epiphany when it was at Lexington Avenue and East 35th Street.[18] Edith was the granddaughter of John Edward Parsons, president of the New York City Bar Association.[19] They lived at 340 East 72nd Street and had a weekend home in Syosset, New York on Long Island.[20] Together, they were the parents of twin sons:[1]

King died at his residence in New York City on March 20, 1972. His funeral was held at the Church of the Epiphany in New York City.[1]

Through his son David, he was the grandfather of Nicholas Rhinelander King, who was married to Colleen Ellen Dunphy, the daughter of Joanne and Edward P. Dunphy, in 2000;[6] Elizabeth Parsons King;[21] and Melissa Morgan King.[26]

Through his son Jonathan, he was the grandfather of four, including Cynthia Bayard King, who married Lee Gregory Vance, a son of Lee N. Vance (the vice president of the New York Stock Exchange), in 1986.[23]


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