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Rufus King was an American diplomat, politician and framer of the U.S. Constitution.
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After King's final Senate term, President Adams appointed him minister plenipotentiary at the court of London (1825), but he returned to New York a year later due to poor health. A year after that, King died, on April 29, 1827, at age 72.
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