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KING, DANIEL PUTNAM,
Is a native of Danvers, Massachusetts, where he still resides. His ancestors emigrated from England to Salem as early as 1636. From that time to the present they have resided in Salem and Danvers (formerly a part of Salem), and have been principally engaged in the cultivation of the soil. This has been, and continues to be, his own occupation and amusement in the intervals of his public labors. He has been an active member and officer of the county and state agricultural societies, and has on several occasions received premiums for the suecessful management of his farm, and for improvements in farming. When the bill establishing the Smithsonian Institute was before Congress, he offered an amendment, which was rejected, proposing such a modification of the plan as would enable the students to pay their board by laboring on the farm of the institution. A portion of his time he spends in literary pursuits, and he has delivered, on several occasions, public addresses which have been favorably noticed. Among these, we note his eulogy at the funeral of General Gideon Foster; an address, published in 1835, on laying the corner stone of a monument in commemoration of the fate of seven young men of his native town who were slain in the battle of Lexington, delivered on its sixtieth anniversary; an address before the Esex County Agricultural Society; and an address at a meeting of the trustees of that society, upon the death of the late Lero erett Saltonstall, who was Mr. King's immediate predecessor in Congress.
He was graduated in 1823 at Harvard University. He has had no professional education, nor adopted any professional pursuit. At an early age he contemplated the study of the law, but abandoned it, and, shortly after he graduated, was married to Sarah Page, daughter of Hezekiah Flint, of Danvers, where, upon a farm inherited by his wife, he commenced