Editor’s Note: Julie Madlin is the City of Ogdensburg Historian, appointed in September 2014. Chief to her mandate is to record and preserve historical documents relating to the City. She is finding ways to make history more accessible, thus she has created a website: Ogdensburg History where she has created a number of videos. She is also maintaining an active Twitter account.
Readers having material to share,should contact Julie at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Senator Preston King was born in Ogdensburg, NY, on October 14, 1806 the illegitimate son of John King and Margaret Galloway. King graduated from Union College, Schenectady, NY, in 1827. He studied law under Silas Wright and practiced law in St. Lawrence County.
He established the St. Lawrence Republican newspaper in 1830 and was postmaster of Ogdensburg from 1831-1834. King was also elected to the New York State Assembly in 1835; serving until 1838.
He was an instigator of the Patriot War (1837-38), a revolution to sever Canada from Great Britain, going so far as to charter a boat to attempt to save American participants in the Battle of Windmill Point.
As a Democrat, King was elected to Congress for the first time in 1843. He served until 1847 and was elected again serving from 1849 to 1853, then was elected to the Senate as a Republican from 1857 to 1863.
Preston King was a New York State Assemblyman and Congressman from Ogdensburg, NY.
Produced for Ogdensburg History, BlogSpot managed by Julie Madlin
John Fine died in Ogdensburg, N.Y. on January 4, 1867 and was interred in the Ogdensburg Cemetery.
The John Fine Home is a Greek Revival Home, built in 1823. Both sections of the home are built of local blue limestone and feature gabled roofs. The house was added to the National Historic Register in 1986.
Julie Madlin is the Ogdensburg City Historian. She has been teaching social studies for 20 years at Heuvelton Central School, Ogdensburg, NY. Julie says, “When I'm not working, I am happy being on the River...”
Comment by: Herb Swingle Left at: 7:15 AM Saturday, November 15, 2014
From a Civil War Historian-I feel that Jefferson Davis should have been tried and hanged for the assassination of Lincoln.He was part of he entire conspiracy!
Comment by: Herb Swingle Left at: 7:17 AM Saturday, November 15, 2014
Terrific historical article!
Comment by: Julie Madlin Left at: 7:14 PM Saturday, November 15, 2014
Thanks! I think many historians would agree with you in regards to Jefferson Davis.
Comment by: Herb Swingle Left at: 9:36 AM Tuesday, November 25, 2014
Sen.King was instrumental in making sure that Mary Surratt's appeal never got to Pres.Andrew Johnson,thus,she was hanged! Years later Sen.King mysteriously commited suicide!
Comment by: Julie Madlin Left at: 8:47 PM Tuesday, November 25, 2014
That wouldn't surprise me. He was very close to Pres. Johnson. His suicide years later has not been connected to Surratt's execution. Rather some say he was unhappy with a job appointment. If you find any evidence of the Surratt connection I would like to see it!