William S. Fulton

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William S. Fulton
United States Senator
from Arkansas
In office
September 18, 1836–August 15, 1844
Preceded by none
Succeeded by Chester Ashley
4th Governor of Arkansas Territory
In office
March 9, 1835 – June 15, 1836
President Andrew Jackson
Preceded by John Pope
Succeeded by James S. Conway
Personal details
Born William Savin Fulton
(1795-06-02)June 2, 1795
Cecil County, Maryland, U.S.
Died August 15, 1844(1844-08-15) (aged 49)
Little Rock, Arkansas, U.S.
Resting place Mount Holly Cemetery,
Little Rock, Arkansas, U.S.
34°44′15.3″N 92°16′42.5″W / 34.737583°N 92.278472°W / 34.737583; -92.278472
Nationality American
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Matilda Nowland
Occupation Lawyer, politician
Military service
Allegiance  United States
Service/branch United States Volunteers
Rank Corporal
Battles/wars War of 1812

William Savin Fulton (June 2, 1795 – August 15, 1844) was an American politician who served as the fourth Governor of Arkansas Territory and United States Senator for Arkansas.

Early life[edit]

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. Fulton was military secretary to General Andrew Jackson during the First Seminole War in 1818. After the war, Fulton moved to Gallatin, Tennessee, where he was admitted to the bar in 1817.

Political career[edit]

In 1820, Fulton settled in Florence, Alabama and became county judge in 1822. He was appointed Secretary of the Arkansas Territory by President Andrew Jackson in 1829.[1] 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.[2]


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


Fulton County, Arkansas is named for him.[3][4]

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. ^ "Profile for Fulton County, Arkansas, AR". ePodunk. Retrieved August 11, 2012. 
  4. ^ Gannett, Henry (1905). The Origin of Certain Place Names in the United States. Govt. Print. Off. p. 133. 

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