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Born in 1839 in Missouri, Rev. H. M. King came to Florida for the same reason that so many others did, for his health. He served several area churches before coming to Gainesville's First Baptist Church, including those in Micanopy, Melrose, Hawthorne, and Campville. He worked with a Key West pastor to start mission work in Cuba, and he was a key player in the formation of Stetson University in Deland. Although the Gainesville church experienced positive growth during his tenure, there were issues of church discipline that dominated his service. These were related to members who had signed a liquor petition, and this led to Rev. King's resignation. He remained in Florida, and died in 1917 in Tampa of pneumonia at the age of 78.
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