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George Gordon KING

(1807-1870)

KING, George Gordon, a Representative from Rhode Island; born in Newport, R.I., June 9, 1807; pursued classical studies in Newport and in Phillips Academy, Andover, Mass.; was graduated from Brown University, Providence, R.I., in 1825; attended the Litchfield (Conn.) Law School; was admitted to the bar in 1827 and practiced in Providence and Newport; member and speaker of the State house of representatives in 1845 and 1846; elected as a Whig to the Thirty-first and Thirty-second Congresses (March 4, 1849-March 3, 1853); unsuccessful candidate for reelection; died in Newport, R.I., on July 17, 1870; interment in Island Cemetery.

Source: Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1771-Present

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