William R. King The 13th Vice President of USA

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13th  (Mar 04, 1853 - Apr 18, 1853)
Age at start:  66 years 10 months 28 days
Age:  67 years 12 days
Height: 0'0", 0 cm
Born: Apr 07, 1786
Born place: Sampson County, North Carolina
Net worth: < $1 Million
Death date:  April 18, 1853 in office
Lawyer, Diplomat
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

William Rufus DeVane King (April 7, 1786 - April 18, 1853) was an American politician and diplomat. He was the 13th vice president of the United States for six weeks in 1853 before his death. Earlier he had been elected as a U.S. representative from North Carolina and a senator from Alabama. He also served as minister to France during the reign of King Louis Philippe I. A Democrat, he was a Unionist and his contemporaries considered him to be a moderate on the issues of sectionalism, slavery and westward expansion, which contributed to the American Civil War. He helped draft the Compromise of 1850.[2] He is the only United States executive official to take the oath of office on foreign soil; he was inaugurated in Havana, Cuba, due to poor health. King died of tuberculosis after 45 days in office. With the exceptions of John Tyler and Andrew Johnson?both of whom succeeded to the presidency?he is the shortest-serving vice president. ... read more on
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