KING, John Alsop (1788-1867)

KING, JOHN ALSOP, (son of Rufus King and brother of James Gore King), a Representative from New York; born in New York City January 3, 1788; attended Harrow School, England, and also studied in Paris; returned to New York City; studied law; was admitted to the bar; served in the War of 1812 as lieutenant of Cavalry; engaged in farming near Jamaica, N.Y.; member of the State assembly 1819-1821; served in the State senate from 1823 until his resignation in 1825; appointed secretary of the legation at London in 1825; Chargé d'Affaires June 15 to August 5, 1826; again elected to the State assembly in 1832, 1838, and 1840; delegate to the Whig National Convention in 1839 and 1852; elected as a Whig to the Thirty-first Congress (March 4, 1849-March 3, 1851); resumed the practice of law; Governor of New York in 1857 and 1858; delegate to the Republican National Convention in 1856; member of the peace convention of 1861 held in Washington, D.C., in an effort to devise means to prevent the impending war; died in Jamaica, Long Island, N.Y., July 7, 1867; interment in Grace Church Cemetery.

Brooklyn Historical Society
Brooklyn, NY
Papers: 3 letters (November 30, 1843; August 15, 1857; October 6, 1857) and newspaper portrait (n.d.).
Finding aid in repository.


Columbia University
Rare Book and Manuscript Library
New York, NY
Papers: In the papers of the Jay family, 1857-1888, 6 letters.
Finding aid in repository.


Dartmouth College
Rauner Special Collections Library
Hanover, NH
Papers: Letter, June 25 1841, 3 pages.
Collection is a letter written by Fletcher Webster to Hiram Ketchum. Subjects include John Alsop King.


Litchfield Historical Society
Litchfield, CT
Papers: 1857, 1 item.
A letter from John A. King to N.B. Morse, Edward W. Fiske, James Humphrey, C.P. Smith, and Edward Driggs, written on July 29, 1857. In the letter, King indicates he cannot attend the dinner to be given for Henry C. Murphy (U.S.Representative, state legislator, and diplomat).


Morgan Library
Department of Literary and Historical Manuscripts
New York, NY
Papers: Letter, December 17, 1833, 2 pages.
Collection is an ALS John Alsop King to Philip Phelps concerning taxes on the estate of C. Ray.

Papers: Letter, February 1, 1851, 1 page.
Collection is an ALS John Alsop King to William A. Graham recommending the Reverend R. L. Schoonmaker for a vacant chaplaincy in the Navy.


New-York Historical Society
New York, NY
Papers: 1834-1866, 775 items.
Papers: In the papers of Rufus King, 1766-1899, 17.5 linear feet.
Correspondents include John Alsop King.


New York Public Library
New York, NY
Papers: In the research notes and charts of descendants of Richard Alsop and Hannah Underhill.
Collection is notes and correspondence of Rufus King and 2 copies of a family chart.


New York State Archives
Albany, NY
Papers: In the papers of the Corwin-Halsey-Neilson-Vincent family, 1804-1972, 0.5 cubic foot.
Collection contains material related to John Alsop King.


New York State Library
Manuscripts and Special Collections
Albany, NY
Papers: Letters, 1825-1883, 23 items.

Queens Borough Public Library
Jamaica, NY
Papers: 2 letters (1843, 1863) in the Long Island collection.
Finding aid in repository.