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The Life and Accomplishments of Rufus King When most people think about the founding fathers of the US Constitution they think of people such as George Washington James Monroe etc However there is one man whose name represents a man who had the ability to influence anyone A man from the state of Massachusetts a man named Rufus King Rufus King was born in Sacaboro MA in 1755 He was the oldest son of a farmer- merchant After attending school and receiving his education King went on to Harvard and graduated in 1777 Following his graduation he served as a generals aid during the War for Independence He chose a legal career and he read for the law at Newburyport MA and entered practice there in 1780 During Kings practice King became a member of the Massachusetts legislature from 1783 to 1785 Also in 1783 King was elected to be a judge in the Massachusetts General Court he was reelected to this position several times Following that he became a member of the Continental Congress from 1784 to 1786 King earned a reputation as a great speaker and as a man who wanted to abolish slavery One of Kings outstanding qualities was that he was one of the most capable orators King came to the convention unconvinced that major changes should be made in the Articles of Confederation However his views underwent a phenomenal transformation during the debates that occurred while there King became a leading figure in the nationalist caucus and he also took notes on the proceedings that have been valuable to the historians to figure out what happened while trying to write this document that would shape America King also advocated for a stronger central government where he spoke often and eloquently in defense of a strong Federal government and the sanctity of contracts He fought every effort to gut the new Federal Constitution but remained willing
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