KING, Cyrus

1772–1817

Biography

KING, Cyrus, (half brother of Rufus King), a Representative from Massachusetts; born in Scarboro, Maine (then a district of Massachusetts), on September 6, 1772; attended Phillips Academy, Andover, Mass., and was graduated from Columbia College, New York City, in 1794; studied law; served as private secretary to Rufus King when he was United States Minister to England in 1796; completed law studies in Biddeford, Maine; was admitted to the bar in 1797 and commenced practice in Saco, Maine; served as major general of the Sixth Division, Massachusetts Militia; one of the founders of Thornton Academy, Saco, Maine; elected as a Federalist to the Thirteenth and Fourteenth Congresses (March 4, 1813-March 3, 1817); returned to Saco, York County, Maine, where he died on April 25, 1817; interment in Laurel Hill Cemetery.

View Record in the Biographical Directory of the U.S. Congress

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External Research Collections

Columbia University
Rare Book and Manuscript Library

New York, NY
Papers: ca. 1791-1817, 6 boxes. Collection includes 80 personal and official letters, documents, and other papers covering his college years, diplomatic service, legal practice, congressional career, and contemporary events. Finding aid in repository and online.

Boston Public Library

Boston, MA
Papers: 1 letter.

Library of Congress
Manuscript Division

Washington, DC
Papers: 1796, 1 letter.

New-York Historical Society

New York, NY
Papers: In the King family papers, 1754-1908, ca. 650 items. Collection includes correspondence, some papers, and geneaological material of various members of the King family.

Maine Historical Society

Portland, ME
Papers: 1796-1846, 1 folder. Collection includes correspondence of King, sent mostly to family members.
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