Preston King (politician)
United States Senator
from New York
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
March 4, 1843 – March 3, 1847
|Preceded by||Thomas C. Chittenden|
|Succeeded by||William Collins|
March 4, 1849 – March 3, 1853
|Preceded by||William Collins|
|Succeeded by||Peter Rowe|
October 14, 1806|
Ogdensburg, New York
November 12, 1865
New York Harbor, New York City, New York
|Political party||Democrat, Free Soil, Republican|
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.
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 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).