King, Preston, 1806-1865

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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

Lawyer.

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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referencedIn Charles Henry Brainard papers, 1795-1884 and undated. Houghton Library, Harvard College Library, Harvard
creatorOf King, Preston, 1806-1865. Letter, 1863, January 6 : Washington, D.C., to Abraham Lincoln. Brown University, John Hay Library
creatorOf Foote Family. Papers, 1739-1972. Connecticut Historical Society
referencedIn Sherman, Isaac, 1818-1881. Papers of Isaac Sherman, 1832-1913 (bulk 1848-1881). Huntington Library, Art Collections & Botanical Gardens
creatorOf King, Preston, 1806-1865. Autograph letter signed, [n.d.]. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf King, Preston, 1806-1865. Letter, 1863 November 27. American Periodical Series I
referencedIn John A. Andrew letters, 1852-1864 New York Public Library. Manuscripts and Archives Division
creatorOf King, Preston, 1806-1865. Letter : Washington, [D.C.], to Gerome B. Porter, 1860 Apr. 25. University of Chicago Library
creatorOf King, Preston, 1806-1865. Autograph letter signed : Ogdensburg, 1857 May 5. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf Wilson, Henry, 1812-1875. Letter : Washington, D.C., to William Henry Seward, n.p., 1861 Apr. 1. University of Chicago Library
creatorOf King, Preston, 1806-1865. Letter, April 25, 1865. Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library
referencedIn Flagg, Azariah C. (Azariah Cutting), 1790-1873. Papers, 1824-1866. Columbia University in the City of New York, Columbia University Libraries
creatorOf Wilson, Henry, 1812-1875. Letter : Washington, D.C., to William Henry Seward, n.p., 1861 Apr. 1. Texas Christian University
creatorOf King, Preston, 1806-1865. Letter : Washington, to Gerome B. Porter, 1860 Apr. 25. Texas Christian University
creatorOf King, Preston, 1806-1865. Autograph letter signed : Ogdensburg, to Horace Greeley, Esq., 1857 May 14. Pierpont Morgan Library.
referencedIn Parker family. Papers, 1814-1979. Campbell University, Wiggins Memorial Library
creatorOf King, Preston, 1806-1865. Electoral vote cast by Preston King for Andrew Johnson as Vice President : [n.p., n.d.]. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf King, Preston, 1806-1865. Letters of Preston King, 1836-1860. Library of Congress
creatorOf King, Preston, 1806-1865. Autograph letter signed : Washington, to Hon. Horace Greeley, 1862 Jan. 22. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf King, Preston, 1806-1865. Letter : New York, to James B. McKean, Saratoga, N.Y., 1862 July 29. Texas Christian University
referencedIn Azariah C. Flagg papers, 1821-1848 New York Public Library. Manuscripts and Archives Division
creatorOf Allen, Mary Rivers,. Collection of letters and autographs, 1846-1881. Brown University, John Hay Library
referencedIn Strange, Mary Alsted, 1915-. Giffin Family geneological collection, 1774-1992. St. Lawrence University, Owen D. Young Library
creatorOf King, Preston, 1806-1865. Letters, 1850-1938, 1850-1865 (bulk) Campbell University, Wiggins Memorial Library
creatorOf King, Preston, 1806-1865. Letter : Ogdensburg, N.Y., to Abraham Lincoln, n.p., 1863 June 5. Texas Christian University
creatorOf King, Preston, 1806-1865. Preston King / Simeon Smith papers, 1829-1893. St. Lawrence University, Owen D. Young Library
creatorOf King, Preston, 1806-1865. Letter, 1864 March 19. American Periodical Series I
referencedIn Charles Sumner correspondence, 1829-1874. Houghton Library, Harvard College Library, Harvard
creatorOf Cushman, Charlotte Sanders, 1816-1862. Collection of autographs, [ca. 1797 to ca. 1915]. Brown University, John Hay Library
creatorOf King, Preston, 1806-1865. Letter of introduction, 1865 January 27. American Periodical Series I
referencedIn Welles, Gideon, 1802-1878. Papers, 1835-1868 Jan.-Feb. 1861. Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library
creatorOf King, Preston, 1806-1865. Papers, 1829-1865. Campbell University, Wiggins Memorial Library
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associatedWith Allen, Mary Rivers, person
associatedWith Andrew, John A., 1818-1867 person
associatedWith Barton, William Eleazar, 1861-1930, person
associatedWith Bigelow, John, 1817-1911. person
associatedWith Blair, F.D. person
associatedWith Brainard, Charles Henry, 1817-1885 person
associatedWith Chase, Salmon P. (Salmon Portland), 1808-1873 person
associatedWith Fairchild, John H. person
associatedWith Flagg, Azariah C. (Azariah Cutting), 1790-1873. person
associatedWith Foote Family. family
associatedWith Greeley, Horace, 1811-1872, person
associatedWith Greene, T. H. person
associatedWith Johnson, Andrew, 1808-1875. person
associatedWith Lincoln, Abraham, 1809-1865, person
associatedWith Lincoln, Abraham, 1809-1865. person
associatedWith McKean, Jas. B. (James Bedell), 1821-1879 person
associatedWith Ogden, Charles P. person
associatedWith Ogden, Emma C. person
associatedWith Parker family. family
associatedWith Porter, Gerome B., fl. 1860. person
associatedWith Republican Party (U.S. : 1854- ) corporateBody
associatedWith Seward, William Henry, 1801-1872. person
correspondedWith Sherman, Isaac, 1818-1881. person
associatedWith Smith, Simeon. person
correspondedWith Sumner, Charles, 1811-1874 person
associatedWith United States. Congress. person
associatedWith United States. Congress. House. corporateBody
associatedWith United States. Congress. Senate. corporateBody
associatedWith United States. Patent Office. corporateBody
associatedWith Welles, Gideon, 1802-1878. person
associatedWith William E. Barton Collection of Lincolniana (University of Chicago) corporateBody
associatedWith Wilson, Henry, 1812-1875. person
associatedWith Wright, Silas, 1795-1847. person
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Quebec (City)
Ogdensburg (N.Y.)
New York (State)
Ogdensburgh (N.Y.)
United States
Canada
United States
Saint Lawrence River
New York (State)
New York (State)
New York (State)
Minnesota
United States
Washington (D.C.)
United States
United States
Ogdensburg (N.Y.)
Canada
New York (State)--Ogdensburg
United States
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Real property
Newspaper publishing
Windmill, Battle of the, Ont., 1838
Slavery
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Legislators
Representatives, U.S. Congress--New York (State)
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Senators, U.S. Congress--New York (State)
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Birth 1806-10-14

Death 1865-11-12

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