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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.

William S. Fulton
United States Senator
from Arkansas
In office
September 18, 1836–August 15, 1844
Preceded bynone
Succeeded byChester Ashley
4th Governor of Arkansas Territory
In office
March 9, 1835 – June 15, 1836
PresidentAndrew Jackson
Preceded byJohn Pope
Succeeded byJames S. Conway
Personal details
William Savin Fulton

(1795-06-02)June 2, 1795
Cecil County, Maryland, U.S.
DiedAugust 15, 1844(1844-08-15) (aged 49)
Little Rock, Arkansas, U.S.
Resting placeMount 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
Political partyDemocratic
Spouse(s)Matilda Nowland
OccupationLawyer, politician
Military service
Allegiance United States
Branch/serviceUnited States Volunteers
Battles/warsWar of 1812

Early lifeEdit

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 careerEdit

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 alsoEdit


  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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