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Abram FULKERSON

(1834-1902)

FULKERSON, Abram, a Representative from Virginia; born in Washington County, Va., May 13, 1834; was graduated from the Virginia Military Institute at Lexington in 1857; taught school in Palmyra, Va., and Rogersville, Tenn., until the beginning of the Civil War; entered the Confederate service in June 1861 as captain; promoted to major in the Nineteenth Tennessee Regiment; lieutenant colonel and colonel of the Sixty-third Tennessee Regiment; at the close of the war studied law; was admitted to the bar and commenced practice in Goodson (later Bristol), Va., in 1866; member of the Virginia house of delegates 1871-1873; served in the State senate of Virginia 1877-1879; elected as a Readjuster Democrat to the Forty-seventh Congress (March 4, 1881-March 3, 1883); was a Democrat, but assisted in organizing the Readjuster Party, after which he returned to the Democratic Party; resumed the practice of law after leaving Congress; elected to the State house of delegates in 1888; delegate to the Democratic National (Gold) Convention in 1896; died in Bristol, Va., on December 17, 1902; interment in East Hill Cemetery.

Source: Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1771-Present

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