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JOHN A. FULWILER, attorney at law and Justice of the Peace, is one of the most worthy representatives of his profession in the city of Bloomington. He is a native of the Keystone State, having been born in the city of Shippensburg, Cumberland Co., Pa., June 17, 1843.

His father, John Fulwiler, was a merchant of that city, and of excellent German ancestry. The mother, who before her marriage was Miss Mary Mahon, was of Scotch-Irish ancestry, and both parents possessed the excellent qualities for which those races are eminently noted.

The parents of our subject after their marriage remained in Shippensburg until 1854, then coming West to Illinois, located first in Lexington, McLean County, where John Fulwiler, Sr., embarked in mercantile pursuits, which he is still following with success.

The ten children which comprised the parental household included fire sons and five daughters, of whom only seven are now living. John A. was the fifth child, and was about fifteen years old when his parents came to this county. His early education was conducted in the common schools of Lexington, and when eighteen years of age, the late war being in progress he entered the Union army, becoming a member of Co. G, 33d Ill. Vol. Inf. [ed., 33rd Regiment Illinois Volunteer Infantry, also known as the Brains Regiment and the Normal Regiment ]. There he served faithfully for three years, receiving his honorable discharge in October, 1864.

After returning from the army, young Fulwiler for a short time engaged in general merchandising at Forest, Livingston County, this State. This business not being in accordance with his tastes and inclinations, he began the reading of law, in which he made rapid progress, and was admitted to the bar at Ottawa, in 1870.

He commenced the practice of his profession at Pontiac, Ill., and associated himself in partnership with E. M. Johnson, and they continued together until 1874. Our subject then returned to this county, and in 1876 opened a law office in Bloomington, since which time he has devoted his entire attention to his profession, in which he has attained success and a good position in the profession in this county. He was elected Justice of the Peace in 1881, and has continued in the office by successive elections since that time.

Mr. Fulwiler was united in marriage with Miss Mary, the only daughter of Robert and Mary A. Fell, in 1865, and they have three children John Walter, Leonard Fell and Roberta May. Mr. Fulwiler is Republican in politics, and socially a charter member of the G. A. R. and the Union Veterans' Union, also a member of Jesse Fell Lodge, K. of P. [ed., the Order of Knights of Pythias].

Portrait and biographical album of McLean County, Ill. : containing full page portraits and biographical sketches of prominent and representative citizens of the county, together with portraits and biographies of all the governors of Illinois, and of the presidents of the United States. (Chicago: Chapman Brothers, 1887), 386. Transcribed by Judy Rosella Edwards.


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