Birth of the Nation: The First Federal Congress 1789-1791
The First Federal Congress

Senator Rufus King

Rufus King (1755-1827)

Painting (1792) by John Trumbull (1756-1843)

Courtesy of the Yale University Art Gallery

Rufus King
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Life dates: 24 March 1755-29 April 1827
Place of Residence (1789): New York, New York
Occupation (1789): Lawyer
Place of Birth: Scarsborough, Massachusetts [Maine]
Age (March 4, 1789): 33
Religion (1789): Episcopalian
College Education: Harvard
Marital Status (1789): Married
Military Service during the Revolutionary War: Volunteer, Continental Army
Prior Political Offices: Massachusetts State Legislature
Confederation Congress
Delegate to Federal Convention: Yes [Massachusetts]
Delegate to State Ratification Convention: Yes [Massachusetts]
Pro/Anti ratification of Constitution: Pro
Support for strong central government (particularly in its executive functions) Strong
Last year of continuous service in Senate: 1796
Additional Senate Service 1813-25
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