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Published for the Institute of Early American History and Culture at Williamsburg, Va., by University of North Carolina Press in 1968, this biography of the American Founder Rufus King is said to be the first on the subject. King is important enough as a Founder that his life can almost be deduced from his MANY appearances in the read of other books of the period: this biography, covering the entire scope of his life, provides a holistic portrait of the man.
Rufus King, a native born Massachusetts man, represented his state in the Constitutional Convention of 1787. Later as a transplanted New Yorker, he represented that state in the U.S. Senate as one of the state's first two senators. King was, from his political 'start', a Federalist and retained his philosophical association with that party, or 'faction' until his death in 1827: said by this author to be one of the last two remaining Federalists (John Marshall the other). Rufus King was one of a handful of the 55 Delegates who, in 1787, took on a major role at the constitutional convention and therefore had a decisive influence on the Constitution. Article I, Section 10, Clause 1: "No State shall...pass any...Law impairing the Obligation of Contracts", has its origin with Rufus King. As ambassador to the The Court of St. James, or Senator from the state of New York, King served through each of the administrations of the first six presidents.
Author Dr. Robert Ernst has written a thorough, scholarly and very well documented account of the life of Rufus King. This ~400 page volume is presented in a 'workmanlike' fashion - that is; comprehensive, well documented, and quite readable... albeit DRY. The narrative style can be seen in the structure, but the sentences come off lifeless, passing along the chronology without spirit.Read more ›
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