James G. King

James Gore King ( born May 8, 1791 in New York City; † October 3, 1853 in Weehawken, New Jersey ) was an American politician. Between 1849 and 1851 he represented the State of New Jersey in the U.S. House of Representatives.


James King was a member of a famous political family. His father Rufus King (1755-1827) was, among other U.S. senator for the state of New York. His older brother John (1788-1867) was Governor of New York. King received a classical education in France and England. After his return he studied until 1810 at Harvard University and then to 1812 at the Litchfield Law School. During the British - American War of 1812, King was deputy adjutant general of the state militia of New York. Since 1815, he worked in New York trading. Between 1818 and 1824 he worked in Liverpool, England in the banking industry. In 1824 he returned to New York, where he also worked in banking. He took up his residence in neighboring Weehawken. King has been renowned in the railroad business in 1835 and was president of the Railway Company Erie Railroad.

Politically, King joined the Whig party to. In the congressional elections of 1848 he was in the fifth electoral district of New Jersey in the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington DC chosen, where he became the successor of Dudley S. Gregory on March 4, 1849. Since he resigned in 1850 to a bid again, he was able to complete only one term in Congress until March 3, 1851. There was discussed at this time violently on the issue of slavery.

After the end of his time in the U.S. House of Representatives James King worked again in the banking industry. He died on October 3, 1853 at his estate " Highwood " near Weehawken.