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Rufus King

Rufus King was a delegate to the 1787 Constitutional Convention from Massachusetts, who later went on to become a U.S. Senator from New York and U.S. Minister to Great Britain. At the Convention, he was a leading advocate for adopting a more proportional form of representation in Congress, creating a vigorous executive branch, and safeguarding the separation of powers. He was strongly anti-slavery, proclaiming in 1820 that all the laws upholding slavery "are absolutely void because contrary to the law of nature, which is the law of God."

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