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William Smith KING

(1828-1900)

KING, William Smith, a Representative 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; postmaster of the House of Representatives 1861-1865 and 1867-1873; 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.

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

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