Timothy Fuller (1778 - 1835)

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Birthplace: Chilmark, Dukes, Massachusetts, United States
Death: Died in Groton, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States
Cause of death: cholera
Occupation: U.S. Representative from Massachusetts
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About Timothy Fuller

Timothy Fuller (July 11, 1778 – October 1, 1835) was a U.S. Representative from Massachusetts.

Life and work

Fuller was born in Chilmark, Massachusetts. His father, Timothy, the first settled minister of Princeton, Mass., was third in descent, from Thomas, who emigrated from England in 1638. The younger Timothy received a classical education and graduated from Harvard University in 1801 with second honors. He taught at Leicester Academy, then studied law with Levi Lincoln.[1] He was admitted to the bar and commenced practice in Boston. He served as member of the Massachusetts House of Representatives, as a State councilor and served in the Massachusetts State Senate from 1813 to 1816.

Fuller was elected as a Democratic-Republican to the Fifteenth through the Seventeenth Congresses and reelected as an Adams-Clay Republican to the Eighteenth Congress (March 4, 1817 – March 3, 1825). He served as chairman of the Committee on Naval Affairs in the Seventeenth Congress. He was distinguished as an orator, making effective speeches in behalf of the Seminole Indians, and against the Missouri compromise. He was an ardent supporter of John Quincy Adams, and published a pamphlet entitled “The Election for the Presidency Considered,” which was widely circulated.[1]

Fuller married Margaret Crane in 1809 and moved to 71 Cherry Street in Cambridgeport, Massachusetts. He was the father of early feminist Margaret Fuller, and is also the great-great grandfather of inventor and thinker R. Buckminster Fuller.[2] He died suddenly of cholera, intestate and insolvent,[1] in Groton on October 1, 1835, and was interred in Mount Auburn Cemetery in Cambridge.


  1. ^ a b c Wikisource-logo.svg "Fuller, Timothy". Appletons' Cyclopædia of American Biography. 1892. 
  2. ^ Annals of Innovation: Dymaxion Man: Reporting & Essays: The New Yorker




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  2. Partial Genealogy of the Fullers of Massachusetts, Part l
  3. Margaret Fuller : An American Romantic Life Volume 1: The Private Years: An ... By Chapel Hill Charles Capper Associate Professor of History University of North Carolina. Page 360. Edith Davenport Fuller compiled sections of his college diaries in her "Excerpts from the diary of Timothy Fuller, Jr., an undergraduate in Harvard College, 1798-1801."
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Hon. Timothy Fuller's Timeline

July 11, 1778
Chilmark, Dukes, Massachusetts, United States
May 28, 1809
Age 30
May 23, 1810
Age 31
Cambridge, MA, USA
May 14, 1815
Age 36
Cambridge, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States
August 7, 1820
Age 42
Cambridge, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States
August 10, 1822
Age 44
Cambridge, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States
May 15, 1824
Age 45
Cambridge, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States
May 11, 1826
Age 47
Age 48
Massachusetts, United States
October 1, 1835
Age 57
Groton, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States