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William S. Fulton

Personal data
Date of birthJune 2, 1795
Place of birthCecil County, Maryland
Date of deathAugust 15, 1844(age 49)
Place of deathLittle Rock, Arkansas
Political partyDemocrat
SpouseMatilda Frances Nowland Fulton
ProfessionPolitician, Lawyer, Judge
Military service
Service/branchUnited States Army
Battles/warsWar of 1812
Assumed officeSeptember 18, 1836 August 15, 1844
Succeeded byChester Ashley
Preceded by(none)

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William Savin Fulton (June 2, 1795 August 15, 1844) was an American lawyer and politician from Little Rock, Arkansas. He served as Governor of the Arkansas Territory and United States Senator for Arkansas.

Fulton was born in Cecil County, Maryland, and graduated from Baltimore College in 1813. He had intended to study law, but with the outbreak of the War of 1812 he enlisted in a company of volunteers at Fort McHenry. After the war, he moved to Gallatin, Tennessee, where he was admitted to the bar in 1817.

He was military secretary to General Andrew Jackson during the First Seminole War in 1818. In 1820 he settled in Florence, Alabama and became county judge in 1822. In 1829 the new President Jackson appointed him as Secretary of the Arkansas Territory. Fulton moved to Little Rock and took up his new responsibility.

He served as Secretary until 1835, when he was appointed Governor of the Territory. When Arkansas was admitted as a state in 1836 he became one of its first Senators. In the Senate he became a member of the Democratic Party. Fulton remained a Senator until his death in 1844. He died at home in Little Rock and is buried in the historic Mount Holly Cemetery in there. Fulton County, Arkansas is named for William Savin Fulton.




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