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FULTON, William S., senator, born in Cecil County, Maryland, 2 June 1795: died in Rosewood, near Little Rock, Ark., 15 August 1844. He was graduated at Baltimore College in 1813, and began to study law with William Pinckney. Before coming of age he served with credit as a volunteer for the defense of Fort McHenry in the war of 1812. At the conclusion of peace he removed, with his father's family, to Tennessee, where he resumed the study of law with Felix Grundy. In 1818 he volunteered with the Nashville guards, and subsequently acted as military secretary to General Jackson during the Florida campaign. At its close he settled in Alabama for the practice of the law, having been admitted to the bar. He was appointed, in 1829, by General Jackson, secretary of the territory of Arkansas, and in 1835 its governor, which office he held until the territory became a state. He was then chosen as one of its first U. S. senators, serving from 5 December 1836, until his death.
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