KING, William Smith

1828–1900

Biography

KING, William Smith, a Representative and a Postmaster from Minnesota; born in Malone, Franklin County, N.Y., December 16, 1828; attended the common schools; engaged in agricultural pursuits; moved to Otsego County, N.Y., in 1846 and engaged as a solicitor for mutual insurance companies; editor of the Free Democrat in Cooperstown, N.Y., in 1852; moved to Minneapolis, Minn., in 1858; engaged in journalism and agricultural pursuits; elected Postmaster of the United States House of Representatives for the Thirty-seventh and for the succeeding Congress (July 5, 1861–December 4, 1865); re-elected for the Fortieth and for the two succeeding Congresses (March 5, 1867–December 1, 1873); surveyor general of logs and lumber in the Second Congressional District of Minnesota in 1874; elected as a Republican to the Forty-fourth Congress (March 4, 1875–March 3, 1877); was not a candidate for renomination in 1876 to the Forty-fifth Congress; engaged in cattle raising near Minneapolis; died in Minneapolis, Hennepin County, Minn., on February 24, 1900; interment in Lakewood Cemetery, Minneapolis, Minn.

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External Research Collections

Minnesota Historical Society

St. Paul, MN
Papers: 1849-1906. 92 items. Miscellaneous letters and memorabilia, mainly about Minnesota and national politics and political celebrations and conventions. Finding aid in repository.
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