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Who was the last American king? Who was the last American king? Thanks.

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pootle | Student, Undergraduate | Honors

Posted April 27, 2010 at 1:35 PM via web

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Who was the last American king?

Who was the last American king? Thanks.

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anthonda49 | Middle School Teacher | (Level 2) Associate Educator

Posted April 27, 2010 at 2:45 PM (Answer #2)

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There are no American kings. Kings are born into a royal family. Presidents are elected and born into their jobs. Of all the presidents, only two or three have been related, but none of them inherited their position.

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted April 27, 2010 at 3:15 PM (Answer #3)

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Depends on what you mean by "American."  When it comes to places that are part of the United States today, the last monarch was Queen Liliuokalani of Hawaii.  She was deposed by forces that wanted to overthrow the Hawaiian monarchy and force Hawaii to become a territory of the US.

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mwestwood | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted April 27, 2010 at 3:23 PM (Answer #4)

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The Founding Fathers offered to make George Washington king, but he was not agreeable to becoming a monarch since the Revolutionary War was fought against King George III--the king of England when the U.S. was still the 13 British colonies--and a democratic republic was a concept much more popular to the people.

In the 1970s, journalists and pundits often called Richard Nixon  "King Richard" because of statements he made that were autocratic and demonstrated his desire for power.  For one state occasion, he even had trumpeters dressed in older English-style clothes blowing the long horn of "ye ole years" for--to allude to a title--"The Man Who Would Be King."

Of course,the Watergate Scandal underscored Nixon's power hunger as he acted as though he were above the law. But, then, he was certainly not. To ensure against meglomania after Nixon's "reign," certain restrictions were put upon the executive branch with rulings by Congress.

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besure77 | Middle School Teacher | (Level 1) Senior Educator

Posted April 27, 2010 at 6:31 PM (Answer #5)

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There have never been kings in America. One of the reasons for the Revolutionary War was to get away from kings and queens. America did not want that kind of government here. In America, everyone is supposed to equal.

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bullgatortail | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Distinguished Educator

Posted April 27, 2010 at 7:53 PM (Answer #6)

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The previous posts are all excellent, especially the one concerning Queen Liliuokalani of Hawaii. I would never have thought of that one. Since there has never been a true King of America, I would have to go with King George III of Great Britain, since he was the last ruler of the American colonies before the nation declared its independence. Of course, if Rufus King had been elected President when he ran in 1816, he would have become both a president and King.

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted April 27, 2010 at 9:33 PM (Answer #7)

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The previous posts are all excellent, especially the one concerning Queen Liliuokalani of Hawaii. I would never have thought of that one. Since there has never been a true King of America, I would have to go with King George III of Great Britain, since he was the last ruler of the American colonies before the nation declared its independence. Of course, if Rufus King had been elected President when he ran in 1816, he would have become both a president and King.

That's because you didn't go to HS in Hawaii... LOL

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amy-lepore | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted April 28, 2010 at 7:08 AM (Answer #8)

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There is always Elvis...this discussion is quite entertaining and enlightening.  I wouldn't completely discount the King of Rock and Roll, or Michael Jackson, the King of Pop.  Of course, they were self-proclaimed Kings, and neither was part of a royal family or dynasty as we typically think of Kings and Queens.

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hi1954 | Teacher | (Level 1) Associate Educator

Posted April 30, 2010 at 1:13 AM (Answer #9)

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Interesting answers.  On the mainland of North America, I suppose George III was an "American" king, which would mean the last was Louis XVI of France, who still ruled Louisiana until he was deposed in the French Revolution.  If South America is included that would be Pedro II, Emperor of Brazil to 1891.  Or Queen Elizabeth II of the UK, since Belize did not become independent until 1966.  Or Queen Beatrice of the Netherlands, since Suriname did not achieve independence  until 1975.  The Netherlands in fact still owns territories in the Caribbean.

If we mean Native American kings, that would be Moctezuma of the Aztecs in North America and Manco Inca Yupanqui in the South, brother of the deposed Atahualpa of the Incas.

Of course, we probably should not include Emperor Norton I, "Emperor of these United States and Protector of Mexico" from 1859 until his death in 1880.  You really should look him up, he was far more interesting than Elvis or Michael Jackson.

By the way, all American presidents have been related by either blood or marriage.  Some have been maternal grandsons of previous presidents or married to a granddaughter; some have been nephews or married to nieces; some have been cousins or married to cousins.  But all have some sort of familial connection.  While Roosevelt and Roosevelt were 4th cousins, Madison and Taylor were 3rd cousins; Taylor's son-in-law was Jefferson Davis.  Jackson and Tyler were both descended from a 17th century Virginia planter named Armistead. Benjamin and W.H. Harrison were grandfather and grandson; the latter Harrison and Jefferson were cousins; the Roosevelts, the Adamses and Monroe were all related through one of Harvard's founders; Cleveland, Garfield and Pierce were cousins; Coolidge was related to Jackson through grandchildren of Jefferson; Truman was descended from Tyler; LBJ was descended from a Harrison who was the grandfather of William Henry Harrison.  Nixon through marriage was connected to Monroe and Taylor (as well as Eisenhower, who hated Nixon), etc.  Hmm....  maybe the most recent American king is Barak Obama.

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lrwilliams | College Teacher | (Level 1) Educator

Posted April 30, 2010 at 2:15 PM (Answer #10)

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I like Elvis as the last American King, of course you could also make an argument for Richard Petty as a former King, and in some circles he might still be considered the King!

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fatherpriest | eNotes Newbie

Posted October 6, 2010 at 11:30 AM (Answer #11)

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¿Who was the last American king? I think that we have to include the USA’s Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, because everybody born in Puerto Rico is an American citizen by birth. It has been so since 1917. Well, the commonwealth of Puerto Rico had one Supreme Cacique (king): Agüeybana in the late 1480’s and the early 1500’s. The Spaniards killed him; Agüeybana the Supreme Cacique of Puerto Rico, but he had children. The father of Agüeybana had been captured in Puerto Rico and taken to Spain in 1493. Caguax (the father of Agüeybana) escaped from Spain as a stowaway ship which landed him in Greece. In Greece, Caguax started a new family, the Livanos family. (Livanos means something like wise, or wisdom, or old-wise person.) During the 1810’s a Livanos descendant traveled back Puerto Rico and when he found a girl who was a descendant of Supreme Cacique Agüeybana, he married her. They moved back to Greece. In Greece, the Livanos family became very wealthy as ship owners. A member of the Livanos family, Athina Livanos, married Aristotles Socrates Onassis, who was a Greek ship owner too and who latter married Jacquelyn Kennedy, the American queen. What all these means is that the granddaughter of Onassis and Kennedy, whose name is Athina Onassis is still a living American queen. She might think herself to be Greek, but her tights to Puerto Rico make her an American and a royal.

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