Timothy Fuller

Timothy Fuller (July 11, 1778 – October 1, 1835) was a U.S. Representative from Massachusetts.

Timothy Fuller
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Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Massachusetts's 4th district
In office
March 4, 1817 – March 3, 1825
Preceded byAsahel Stearns
Succeeded byEdward Everett
Member of the Massachusetts Senate
In office
Personal details
Born(1778-07-11)July 11, 1778
Chilmark, Massachusetts
DiedOctober 1, 1835(1835-10-01) (aged 57)
Groton, Massachusetts
Political partyDemocratic-Republican
Alma materHarvard University
OccupationLawyer, schoolteacher

Life and workEdit

Fuller was born in Chilmark, Massachusetts. His father, also named Timothy, the first settled minister of Princeton, Massachusetts, was third in descent, from Thomas,[1] who emigrated from England in 1638. The younger Timothy received a classical education and graduated from Harvard University in 1801 with second honors. He taught at Leicester Academy, then studied law with Levi Lincoln.[2] He was admitted to the bar and commenced practice in Boston. He served as member of the Massachusetts House of Representatives, as a State councilor and served in the Massachusetts State Senate from 1813 to 1816.

Fuller was elected as a Democratic-Republican to the Fifteenth through the Seventeenth Congresses and reelected as an Adams–Clay Republican to the Eighteenth Congress (March 4, 1817 – March 3, 1825). He served as chairman of the Committee on Naval Affairs in the Seventeenth Congress. He was distinguished as an orator, making effective speeches in behalf of the Seminole Indians, and against the Missouri compromise. He was an ardent supporter of John Quincy Adams, and published a pamphlet entitled "The Election for the Presidency Considered," which was widely circulated.[2]

Fuller married Margaret Crane in 1809 and moved to 71 Cherry Street in Cambridgeport, Massachusetts. He was the father of early feminist Margaret Fuller and Unitarian minister Arthur Buckminster Fuller. Through the latter, he is also the great-grandfather of inventor and thinker Buckminster Fuller.[3] and, through Arthur's brother Richard Frederick Fuller, the great-great-great-grandfather of US Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner.[4] He died suddenly of cholera, intestate and insolvent,[2] in Groton, Massachusetts, on October 1, 1835, and was interred in Mount Auburn Cemetery in Cambridge.


  1. ^ Hayden, Horace Edwin; Hand, Alfred; Jordan, John Woolf (1906). "Genealogical and Family History of the Wyoming and Lackawanna Valleys, Pennsylvania".
  2. ^ a b c Wilson, J. G.; Fiske, J., eds. (1892). "Fuller, Timothy" . Appletons' Cyclopædia of American Biography. New York: D. Appleton.
  3. ^ Annals of Innovation: Dymaxion Man: Reporting & Essays: The New Yorker
  4. ^ Ancestry of Timothy Geithner
U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Massachusetts's 4th congressional district

Succeeded by

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