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pants in the revolution of 1776, and were all
stafcch Whigs. The father of this sketch is
scill living in North Carolina, in the enjoyment
of all his faculties, at the advanced age
of eighty-five. He has been actively engaged
in farming for about fifty years, and is still
personally supervising his farm. At the
early age of twelve he became afflicted with
deafness, from which lie never recovered.
The mother died July 8, 1854, at the age of
Our subject is the eldest of a family of
three children, and is the only survivor-his
brother, John B., having died in June, 1882,
at the age of thirty-three, and his sister, Ella
Florence, in 1872, at the age of twenty-one.
Judge Fulniore has had excellent advantages
in the way of education, having at the age of
seven been placed under the training of teachers
of character and education in the immediate
vicinity of his home. Early in 1861,
he was sent to the North Carolina Military
Institute, at Charlotte, then under the supervision
of the late General D. H. Hill. When
Fort Sumter was attacked, this school suspended,
and all its professors-among whom
was General James 1H. Lane and Colonel
Charles C. Lee-went to the front. The
subject of this sketch, who was only fourteen
years old, then went to the Olin high school,
in Iredell county, North Carolina. In
March, 1862, the demand for volunteers for
the Confederate army induced all the teachers
of this school to go to the front, and he was
again forced to go in search of another school.
He then went to the justly celebrated Bingham
school, in Orange county, North Carolina.
He remained at this school until March,
1864, when he left it to join the army. He
enlisted as a private in Company D, fir t battalion
of North Carolina Artillery. Fe was
engaged in but two battles: the first, Fort
Fisher bombardment, December 23, 24 and
25, 1864-the heaviest bombardment in the
world's history-and later, on January 15,
1865, in the second Fort Fisher bombardment.
He was here taken prisoner of war
and carried to Point Lookout, where he remained
until May 16, 1865, when he was released
and returned home.
As early as possible, within a few months,
he returned to Binghamn's school to finish his
course there, and in 1867 went to the University
of Virginia. Here he took a literary
course for two years and a law course of one
In the fall of 1870 he came to Texas, locating
at Austin, December 24th, and has
lived continuously here ever since. He has
held various positions of honor and trust both
of a private and public nature. The first position
to which he was ever appointed he still
holds, viz.: Trustee for the Institution for the
Blind, at Austin, he having been appointed
by Governor Coke, in 1875. He is now
chairman of the Board of Trustees for that institution.
At the age of thirty-three he was
elected County Judge of Travis county, and
was successively elected to the position for
three terms, when he refused to accept a
nomination for another term, preferring to
return to the practice of law.
In 1887, the Legislature having provided
for the establishment of an institution of
learning for the deaf, dumb and blind colored
youth of the State, Governor Ross appointed
him one of the three commissioners to select
a site for tho institution and organize it. In
1891 he was selected by Governor Hogg as
one of three commissioners to codify the laws
of Texas, which duty he has performed in
connection with his co-commissioners, 4Eon.
H. G. Robertson and Governor Wells Thompson.
In politics lie is an uncompromising
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