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The Oregon Territorial Legislature created King County on December 22, 1852. It is named after William Rufus De Vane King, acting vice-president under President Millard Fillmore, who had succeeded to the presidency upon the death of President Zachary Taylor.
Marshall J. Anderson conducted the first King County census in 1853 to determine the legislative districts for the Territorial Legislature. In 1853 the population was recorded at 170, and in 1857 the population decreased to 152. This 1857 census is the oldest surviving King County census.
For information about this census, email the Washington State Library at email@example.com.
Database: 1857 King County Census. ONLINE. 2003. Washington Secretary of State. Transcribed and Proofread by Mary Kathryn Kozy, Kent, Washington and Jan Crews, Ellensburg, Washington. Final Proofreading by Marlys Rudeen, Washington State Library. Available Online: http://www.digitalarchives.wa.gov
Source: Assessment and Census rolls, Washington Territory, 1857 and 1860 [microform] / compiled by the county assesors. Olympia: Washington State Library,  1 microfilm reel; 35 mm. http://cals.evergreen.edu/search~2/o41704563?For