Rufus King

Rufus King (1755 - 1827)

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Rufus King
Born in Scarborough, Cumberland, Massachusetts Baymap
Ancestors ancestors
Husband of — married after 30 Mar 1786 in New York, New York, United Statesmap
Descendants descendants
Died in Jamaica, Queens, New York, United Statesmap
Profile last modified 18 Dec 2019 | Created 28 Jul 2014
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Preceded by
US Constitution Ratified
March 4, 1789





Preceded by
John Smith
Rufus King
US Senator (Class 3)
from New York
[1]
1789—1796
Seal of the US Senate
US Senator (Class 3)
from New York
[2]
1813—1819; 1820—1825
Succeeded by
John Laurance





Succeeded by
Nathan Sanford
1776
Rufus King participated in the American Revolution.
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Biography

Rufus King was a Founding Father in the American Revolution
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Rufus King

Rufus King was an American diplomat, politician and framer of the U.S. Constitution. He was also a delegate and a Senator from New York.

Rufus was born March 24, 1755 in Scarboro, Maine (originally a district of Massachusetts). He was a son of Isabella Bragdon and Richard King, a prosperous farmer-merchant, "lumberman, and sea captain" who had settled at Dunstan Landing in Scarborough, near Portland, Maine, and had made a modest fortune.[3]

Timeline

1777: King graduated from Harvard College where he studied law. Rufus was admitted to the bar
1780: Started practice in Newburyport.
1783-1785: He served in the Revolutionary War and was a delegate to the Massachusetts General Court.
1784-1787: Member of the Continental Congress from Massachusetts 1784-1787 and a delegate to the Federal Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia..
1788: King was one of the signers of the Constitution and a delegate to the State convention which ratified the Constitution.
1788: Moved to New York City and became a member of the New York Assembly.
1789: Elected to the United States Senate.
1796: Reelected to the Senate
1796 - 1803: Resigned in May of 1796 to become United States Minster to Great Britain.
1804: He made an unsuccessful bid as a Federalist candidate for Vice-President of the United States.
1813-1891: Was elected again as a United States Senator in 1813 and 1819. King served as chairman of the Committee on Roads and Canals (Sixteenth Congress), Committee on Foreign Relations (Seventeenth Congress);
1816: Unsuccessful candidate for Governor of New York in 1816 and for President of the United States.
1825-1826: United States Minister to Great Britain.
1827: died in Jamaica, Long Island, N.Y., April 29, 1827; buried in the Grace Episcopal Churchyard, Jamaica, Queens County, New York, USA.

Marriage

His wife Mary Alsop was born in New York on October 17, 1769, and died in Jamaica, New York, on June 5, 1819. She was the only daughter of John Alsop, a wealthy merchant and a delegate for New York to the Continental Congress from 1774 to 1776. She was also a great niece of Governor John Winthrop of the Massachusetts Bay Colony. She married Mr. King in New York City on March 30, 1786,[4]The Kings had 7 children (of which 5 lived to adulthood).

Spouse: Mary Alsop King 1769 - 1819.
Children:
  1. John Alsop King 1788 - 1867.
  2. Charles King 1789 - 1867.
  3. James Gore King 1791 - 1853.
  4. Edward King 1795 - 1836.
  5. Frederick Gore King 1802 - 1829.

Death

Rufus King died on April 29, 1827, and his funeral was held at his N Y in Jamaica, Queens. He is buried in the Grace Church Cemetery in Jamaica, Queens, New York. The home that King purchased in 1805 and expanded thereafter and some of his farm make up King Park in Queens. The home, called King Manor, is now a museum and is open to the public.

Death Date: April 29, 1827
Death Place: Jamaica, Long Island, N.Y.
Buried in the Grace Episcopal Churchyard, Jamaica, Queens County, New York, USA.[5]

Revolutionary War Service as from the DAR Patriot Index

KING, RUFUS DAR Ancestor #: A064762

Service: MASSACHUSETTS Rank(s): PATRIOTIC SERVICE, CAPTAIN
Birth: 3-24-1755 SCARBOROUGH YORK CO ME DIST MASSACHUSETTS
Death: 4-29-1827 NEW YORK CITY NEW YORK
Service Source: HEITMAN, HIST REG OF OFFICERS OF THE ARMY DURING THE WAR OF THE REV, 1775-1783, P 333; CURRIER, HIST OF NEWBURYPORT, MA, VOL 2, 1909, P 266
Service Description: 1) CAPT AND AIDE-DE-CAMP, GEN JOHN GLOVER 2) REP TO GEN COURT, NEWBURYPORT MA,1783
Spouse: MARY ALSOP. DAR Patriot Index accessed 17 July 2018.

[6]

Sources

  1. Resigned to become U.S. Minister to Great Britain, vacant May 23, 1796 – December 8, 1796 when successor elected.
  2. Legislature failed to elect successor, vacant March 4, 1819 – January 25, 1820 when re-elected; retired due to advanced age, vacant March 4, 1825 – January 31, 1826 when successor elected.
  3. Wikipedia cites: Passos, John Dos (2011). The Men Who Made the Nation: Architects of the Young Republic 1782–1802. New York: Knopf Doubleday Publishing. p. 480.
  4. Wikipedia: Rufus King
  5. Find A Grave Memorial# 6473810. Rufus King Originally Created by: Cinnamonntoast4. Record added: Jun 03, 2002.
  6. http://services.dar.org/public/dar_research/search_adb/?action=full&p_id=A064762 accessed 17 July 2018.
  • Find A Grave Memorial# 6473810
  • Rufus King on Wikipedia
  • Biographical Directory of the United States Congress
  • American National Biography; Dictionary of American Biography; Ernst, Robert. Rufus King: American Federalist. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1968; King, Charles, ed. The Life and Correspondence of Rufus King. 6 vols. 1894-1900. Reprint. New York: Da Capo Press, 1971.
  • Southwick, Leslie H., 1950-. Presidential Also-rans And Running Mates, 1788 Through 1996. 2nd ed. Jefferson, NC: McFarland & Co., 1998.
  • [1] The Cabells and Their Kin: A Memorial Volume of History, Biography, and Genealogy Alexander Brown January 1, 1895 Houghton, Mifflin & Company: Child, Grandchild page 404
  • See also: page 50-1 Stowell Genealogy; a record of the Descendants of Samuel Stowell of Hingham, MA by William Henry Harrison Stowell {1922} as cited https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/2:2:STF8-9Q6

Digital available at: https://www.familysearch.org/search/catalog/255771?availability=Family%20History%20Library

Acknowledgments

Thank you to Kitty Smith for contributions to this profile.



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