Senator Rufus King – First Federal Congress


This Rufus King History Mug is one of a collection of the First Federal Congress members biographical mugs.  An image of Rufus King and a short biography are features of this history mug.

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Rufus King of Massachusetts was a signatory on the Constitution.  He was a staunch antislavery activist who voted to outlaw it in the Northwest Territory in 1787 and demanded an antislavery clause be added to Missouri’s 1820 application for statehood.  King served in the Confederation Congress from 1785 to 1787.  He moved to New York in 1789 and served as one of its Senators from then until 1796 and from 1813 to 1825.  He helped form the first Bank of the United States and later chaired the   Committee of Roads and Canals as a member of the Senate.  King was ambassador to Great Britain from 1796 to 1803.

First Federal Congress  1781-1789

The Continental Congress met between 1774-1785.  This was followed by the Confederation Congress, under the Articles of Confederation which existed between 1785-1789.  The First United States Congress, also known as the First Federal Congress, consisted of the United States Senate and the United States House of Representatives, which met between, March 4, 1789 and March 4, 1791.

The biographical History Mugs were created to teach and inspire individuals to learn about our diverse and interesting history.  The biographies were researched and written by history enthusiast, Robert Compton.  He colorized most of the historic photos and images used on the mugs, which were originally black and white or sepia-tone.  The images and biographies are imprinted on mugs at his studio in rural Vermont.

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