King, Preston, 1806-1865

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Birth 1806-10-14
Death 1865-11-12

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U.S. senator and representative from New York.

From the description of Letters of Preston King, 1836-1860. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 71009945

Preston King, politician, was born October 11, 1806 in Ogdensburg, New York. He was educated in Ogdensburg and graduated from Union College in 1827. He passed the bar after a study of law in Silas Wright's office. In 1830 he established the St. Lawrence Republican. From 1831-1834 he served as postmaster in Ogdensburg at which tine he was elected to the Assembly. From 1834 until 1847 he was a member of congress and also served from 1849 to 1853, Mr. King was involved in the Canadian Rebellion of 1837-38. In 1854 he left the Democratic party and joined the Republican party. In 1857 was elected to the U.S. Senate serving until 1863. King was chairman of the National Committee of the Republican party fron 1860 to 1864. President Andrew Johnson appointed King as collector of customs in New York City the summer of 1865. Thinking himself unfit for the position he committed suicide by jumping from a ferryboat in the Hudson River on November 12, 1865. Preston King had never married. Simeon Smith was a law clerk in the office of Preston King and was married to Jane Webster, a cousin of King. In 1845 Smith moved to Washington and became a clerk in the Registry of Patents Office. In 1860 he became the paymaster of the Army in Illinois and later moved to Chatfield, Minnesota. There, Smith conducted an active law practive and assisted immigrants in taking up land grants in the West.

From the description of Preston King / Simeon Smith papers, 1829-1893. (St. Lawrence University). WorldCat record id: 40767783

U.S. Senator from New York 1857-63.

From the description of Letter of introduction, 1865 January 27. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 122487963

Member of the U.S. House of Representatives and New York State Assembly.

From the description of Letter, 1863 November 27. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 122314827

American statesman.

From the description of Autograph letter signed : Washington, to Hon. Horace Greeley, 1862 Jan. 22. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270491507

From the description of Autograph letter signed : Ogdensburg, to Horace Greeley, Esq., 1857 May 14. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270489179

From the description of Autograph letter signed, [n.d.]. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270488863

From the description of Autograph letter signed : Ogdensburg, 1857 May 5. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270489172

Member of the New York State Legislature, participant in the Canadian Rebellion of 1837-1838.

From the description of Letter, 1864 March 19. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 122364360

United States Senator, Republican, from New York, 1859-1865.

From the description of Letter, April 25, 1865. (Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library). WorldCat record id: 52112409


King was elected to Congress 1843-1854 and Senate 1854-1863. He established and edited the ST. LAWRENCE REPUBLICAN in Ogdensburg.

From the description of Letters, 1850-1938, 1850-1865 (bulk) (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 155470046

Lawyer, politician, U.S. Senator, editor.

King was born in Ogdensburg; studied law with Louis Hasbrouck and was elected to Congress 1843 and 1849. In 1854 he switched to the Republican Party and was elected to the U.S. Senate 1857-1863. He established and edited the ST. LAWRENCE REPUBLICAN.

From the description of Papers, 1829-1865. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 155487778


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