William S. Fulton

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William Savin Fulton
United States Senator
from Arkansas
In office
September 18, 1836– August 15, 1844
Preceded by (none)
Succeeded by Chester Ashley
Personal details
Born (1795-06-02)June 2, 1795
Cecil County, Maryland
Died August 15, 1844(1844-08-15) (aged 49)
Little Rock, Arkansas
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Matilda Frances Nowland Fulton
Profession Politician, Lawyer, Judge
Military service
Service/branch United States Army
Rank Corporal
Battles/wars War of 1812

William Savin Fulton (June 2, 1795– August 15, 1844) was an American lawyer and politician from Little Rock, Arkansas. He served as the fourth 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.


Fulton 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.

Fulton was appointed Secretary of the Arkansas Territory by President Andrew Jackson in 1829. Fulton moved to Little Rock to take up his new responsibility.[1]

He served as Secretary until 1835, when he was appointed Governor of the Territory. When Arkansas was admitted as a state in 1836, Fulton 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.[2]

Death and legacy[edit]

Fulton died at his home in Little Rock and was buried in the historic Mount Holly Cemetery in Little Rock.[3]

Fulton County, Arkansas is named for Fulton.[4][5]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "William Savin Fulton (1795–1844)". The Encyclopedia of Arkansas History & Culture. Retrieved August 11, 2012. 
  2. ^ "Fulton, William Savin (1795-1844)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Retrieved August 9, 2012. 
  3. ^ "William Savin Fulton". Find A Grave. Retrieved August 9, 2012. 
  4. ^ "Profile for Fulton County, Arkansas, AR". ePodunk. Retrieved August 11, 2012. 
  5. ^ Gannett, Henry (1905). The Origin of Certain Place Names in the United States. Govt. Print. Off. p. 133. 

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Political offices
Preceded by
John Pope
Territorial Governor of Arkansas
Succeeded by
James Sevier Conway
As State Governor
United States Senate
Preceded by
U.S. Senator (Class 2) from Arkansas
September 18, 1836 – August 15, 1844
Served alongside: Ambrose Hundley Sevier
Succeeded by
Chester Ashley