Victor King

Victor King - circa 1926

Victor King, born in Pennsylvania in 1874, established his residence in Camden after 1911, where he purchased a home at 3197 Federal Street and ventured into business. Together with his wife Sarah, they raised six children –- daughters Ethel, Grace, and Marietta, and sons Edward, Earl, and Victor S. King. During this period, Victor also acquired the Thomas L. Dudley estate, known as Dudley Grange, situated adjacent to his home. He later sold it to the city of Camden in the early 1920s, and the site was transformed into a library.

In 1922, Victor King secured the position of Mayor of Camden, triumphing over Frank S. Van Hart with an 800-vote margin. His mayoral tenure, lasting until 1927, witnessed the completion of the Delaware River Bridge and the construction of the Sears-Roebuck department store on the Admiral Wilson Boulevard at Mt. Ephraim Avenue. This innovative retail space, crucially influenced by Mayor King, marked a transformative moment in South Jersey’s retail landscape.

After his mayoral term concluded in 1927, Winfield Scott Price succeeded Victor King. The latter subsequently delved into the real estate sector and, during the 1930s, managed the Camden district office of the Federal Home Owners’ Loan Corporation.

Grace, one of Victor S. King’s daughters, contributed to the Camden Public School system as a teacher at the James A. Garfield School located at South 29th and Cramer Streets in the 1920s.


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