Preston King (politician)

Preston King (politician)

Preston King
United States Senator
from New York
In office
March 4, 1857 – March 3, 1863
Preceded by Hamilton Fish
Succeeded by Edwin D. Morgan
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 18th district
In office
March 4, 1843 – March 3, 1847
Preceded by Thomas C. Chittenden
Succeeded by William Collins
In office
March 4, 1849 – March 3, 1853
Preceded by William Collins
Succeeded by Peter Rowe
Personal details
Born (1806-10-14)October 14, 1806
Ogdensburg, New York
Died November 12, 1865(1865-11-12) (aged 59)
New York Harbor, New York City, New York
Political party Democrat, Free Soil, Republican

Preston King (October 14, 1806 – November 12, 1865) was a United States Representative and Senator from New York.


Born in Ogdensburg, New York, he pursued classical studies and graduated from Union College in 1827, where he was an early member of The Kappa Alpha Society. He studied law and was admitted to the bar. He established the St. Lawrence Republican in 1830 and was Postmaster of Ogdensburg from 1831 to 1834. He was a Democratic member of the New York State Assembly (St. Lawrence Co.) from 1835 to 1838, sitting in the 58th, 59th, 60th and 61st New York State Legislatures.

Preston King

King was elected as a Democrat to the 28th and 29th United States Congresses, holding office from March 4, 1843, to March 3, 1847. He was Chairman of the U.S. House Committee on Invalid Pensions (29th Congress).

He was elected as a Free Soiler to the 31st and 32nd United States Congresses, holding office from March 4, 1849, to March 3, 1853.

He was elected as a Republican to the U.S. Senate in February 1857, and served from March 4, 1857, to March 4, 1863. He was Chairman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Revolutionary Claims (37th Congress).

Afterwards he resumed the practice of law, was considered for the Republican vice-presidential nomination in 1860 and was a presidential elector on the [[Abraham