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Preston King (October 14, 1806 - November 12, 1865) was a United States Representative and Senator from New Yorkmarker.

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Born in Ogdensburg, New Yorkmarker, he pursued classical studies and graduated from Union Collegemarker in 1827. He studied law and was admitted to the bar. He established the St. Lawrence Republican in 1830 and was postmaster of Ogdensburg from 1831 to 1834. He was a member from St. Lawrence Countymarker of the New York State Assembly from 1835 to 1838.

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King was elected as a Democrat to the 28th and 29th United States Congresses, serving from March 4, 1843, to March 3, 1847. He was Chairman of the U.S. House Committee on Invalid Pensions (29th Congress).

He was elected as a Free Soiler to the 31st and 32nd United States Congresses, serving from March 4, 1849, to March 3, 1853.

He was elected as a Republican to the U.S. Senate in February 1857, and served from March 4, 1857, to March 3, 1863. He was Chairman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Revolutionary Claims (37th Congress).

Afterwards he resumed the practice of law, was considered for the Republican vice-presidential nomination in 1860 and was a presidential elector on the Abraham Lincoln ticket in 1864.

On August 14, 1865, King was appointed by President Andrew Johnson Collector of the Port of New York. King committed suicide by tying a bag of bullets around his neck and leaping from a ferryboat in New York Harbor on November 13, 1865, and was buried at the City Cemetery in Ogdensburg.

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