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Peter Graham "Ham" Fulkerson
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Birth: Dec. 5, 1840
Tennessee, USA
Death: Sep. 10, 1929
Claiborne County
Tennessee, USA

P. G. Fulkerson, a farmer, lawyer and district attorney general in Tazewell, Tennessee, was also interested in history and genealogy. These interests gave us the "P.G. Fulkerson Papers," also known as "Early settlers of Claiborne County." From his own memories and from interviews with people in the community, he was able to create brief records, perhaps a paragraph or two, of some of the early settlers of Claiborne County. This work was not published until 1979 when his granddaughter, Katherine Dyer, submitted his papers for publication by a weekly newspaper "The Tazewell-New Tazewell Observer." Since then, many East Tennessee genealogists have referred to his papers, in hopes that short bios of their families were included.

Young Peter attended schools in Tazewell, but apparently finished his education in Danville, Missouri. Danville was known for having some of the finest schools of the time. By 1860 Peter, age 19, was still living in Danville with his uncle, Robert Craig Fulkerson, and working on his farm. At the outbreak of the War, Peter joined the fight of the Confederacy. Within months he was captured and faced execution as a spy. His uncle, well respected and known as a Union sympathizer, convinced authorities to release Peter, assuring them Peter would be sent to Pennsylvania to live with another uncle, William Patterson, until after the war. P.G. Fulkerson's answers to The Tennessee Civil War Veterans Questionnaires may be read here:

I understand that after the War, Peter returned to Missouri and his education. It is there that he possibly started reading law in order to become a member of the Tennessee State Bar a couple of years later.

Fulkerson participated in the 1870 Constitutional Conference. Until then, there had been two Tennessee Constitutions, one created in 1796, when Tennessee was accepted into the Union, and the other in 1835. The Constitutional Conference of 1870 was called in order to revise the Constitution to meet the needs of post-war Tennessee. Peter was one of sixty-four signatories of the document that was quickly ratified by vote of the people. It remained as written until 1953 and it's first amendment. There have been additional amendments over the years, but the document of 1870 remains the Constitution of the State of Tennessee.

Soon thereafter and pursuant to the terms of the newly created Constitution and by vote of the people, Fulkerson became a district attorney general for the State of Tennessee serving in the 2nd Judicial District in Tazewell for a term of 8 years. As such, Attorney General Fulkerson prosecuted all criminal cases in the 2nd Judicial District on behalf of the people of the State of Tennessee. This is the same office that other states may refer to as the office of prosecuting attorney. It should not be confused with the Tennessee Attorney General which is involved in State matters only. In researching Peter I got the impression that some researchers believed he was the Tennessee Attorney General, however, Peter was a District Attorney General for Tennessee. He held this office as early as 1872 as evidenced by the inclusion of his name in the list of district attorneys general of Tennessee in a publication of cases that came before the Supreme Court of Tennessee during its December term of 1872-1873. See copy of the introductory page among the photos on this memorial. Attorney General Fulkerson is second on the list, the 2nd Judicial District.

Peter Fulkerson was married twice. His first marriage was to Emma Virginia Glenn on July 14, 1869 in Claiborne County. They had six children: Glenn, Fanny, Cornelia, James, Emma and Francis. After Emma's death, he married Jane E. Fugate Treece on December 21, 1882 in Claiborne County. They had one daughter, Sallie; and Jane had a son, Alfred Treece, from her previous marriage.

Family links: 
  James Fulkerson (1796 - 1859)
  Frances J. Patterson Fulkerson (1806 - 1881)
  Emma Virginia Glenn Fulkerson (1850 - 1881)
  Jane Fugate Fulkerson (1848 - 1936)
  Frances Fulkerson Hughes (1872 - 1950)*
  Cornelia Fulkerson (1874 - 1912)*
  Sallie T. Fulkerson Parkey (1885 - 1968)*
  William Houston Fulkerson (1834 - 1919)*
  James Whitehill Fulkerson (1838 - 1864)*
  Peter Graham Fulkerson (1840 - 1929)
  Mary F. Fulkerson Scarborough (1849 - 1890)*
*Calculated relationship
Irish Cemetery
Claiborne County
Tennessee, USA
Created by: Janet
Record added: Jun 13, 2012
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Peter Graham Ham Fulkerson
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Peter Graham Ham Fulkerson
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Peter Graham Ham Fulkerson
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