Statement of Significance (as of designation - December 2, 1974):
Rufus King, who lived in this Colonial mansion intermittently from 1806 until his death in 1827, enjoyed a distinguished career in public service. He sat in the Continental Congress (1784-86), signed the U.S. Constitution (1787), and served as U.S. Senator (1789-95), and Minister to Great Britain (1796-1803). He was also the Federalist Party's Vice-Presidential nominee (1804 and 1808) and Presidential candidate (1816).