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1857 William D. Fulton

WILLIAM DOUGLAS FULLTON 1854(Lived November 17, 1820 – November 15, 1882)

Born in Georgia in 1820, William Fulton entered in the army in 1847 and served as a captain in the Mexican War before moving to Chattanooga in 1852.  Although, he had practiced as an attorney in Georgia prior to his service in the Mexican War, Fulton did not practice law in Chattanooga.

In 1853, he became cashier of the Bank of Chattanooga, a position he held until the bank’s closing in 1863.

Fulton assisted in creating Chattanooga’s first utility company, the Chattanooga Water Works Company, in 1856.  During his term of office, the Memphis & Charleston Railroad completed its route and linked Chattanooga to the eastern seaboard.

When the Bank of Chattanooga closed in 1863 due to the Union Army’s occupation of Chattanooga, Fulton moved to Nashville where he lived the remainder of his life.

Photo by Phillip Stevens and Matt Lea