A Guide to the Zachary Taylor Fulmore Papers, 1735, 1821-1920, 1967
Judge Zachary Taylor Fulmore (1846-1923) was born in Robeson County, North Carolina, to Zachariah and Sarah (Bethea) Fulmore. In 1864, he left his studies at Bingham’s School in North Carolina to fight for the Confederacy in the Civil War as a Private in Company D, First Battalion of the North Carolina Army. After the war, he completed his studies, graduating from the University of Virginia with a law degree in 1870. That same year Fulmore moved to Austin, Texas, where he practiced law and became Travis County judge in 1880. In 1891, Governor James S. Hogg appointed him a member of a commission to revise and digest the state’s laws. Fulmore also served as trustee for the Texas School for the Blind (1875-1897), a member of the Austin school board (1880-1897), chair of the Texas Confederate Home (1903-1905), recorder of the Corporation Court of Austin (1909-1919), and a charter member and president (1913-1915) of the Texas State Historical Association. A contributor to the association’s quarterly publication, he wrote several books, including The History and Geography of Texas As Told in County Names (1915). Additionally, Fulmore was an active member of the Knights of Pythias and the American, Texas, and Travis County bar associations. In 1877, Fulmore married Luella Robertson, the granddaughter of Sterling C. Robertson, with whom he had five children.
Winkler, E. W. “Fulmore, Zachary Taylor.” Handbook of Texas Online. Accessed January 20, 2011.
Comprising correspondence, legal documents, accounts, printed material, minutes and resolutions, and literary productions, the Zachary Taylor Fulmore papers document the life and career of Fulmore as an attorney, writer, and public official. Correspondence (1845-1919) concerns his work as an Austin attorney and Travis County judge; a member of the board of trustees for the Texas School for the Blind and Austin school board; chairman of the board of managers for Confederate Home for Men; recorder of Corporation Court of Austin; and charter member of Texas State Historical Association. Accounts and land grants, surveys, and deeds show Fulmore’s own property holdings, as well as those of the Robertson family and others. Legal documents include briefs and resolutions produced in his work as a lawyer and judge. Notes and literary productions relate to the writing and publication of Fulmore’s articles and books, including The History and Geography of Texas as Told in County Names (1915), while printed material includes pamphlets on the Texas legal system. The collection also contains minutes and resolutions, primarily from Fulmore’s affiliation with the Knights of Pythias.
This collection is open for research use.
Zachary Taylor Fulmore Papers, 1735, 1821-1920, 1967, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.
Basic processing and cataloging of this collection was supported with funds from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC) for the Briscoe Center’s "History Revealed: Bringing Collections to Light" project, 2009-2011.
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