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Biography of Lucius H. Fuller
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Both English and Scotch blood coursed through the veins of Mr. Fuller’s ancestors. His great-grandfather, Deacon Abijah Fuller, had the honor of assisting in the fortification of Bunker Hill, on which occasion he directed the throwing up of the earthworks the night before the battle. He died in 1835 in Hampton, where he was a farmer and a leading citizen. He married Abigail Meacham, whose children were Abigail, Lois, Arthur, Seymour, Clarissa and Luther. Seymour Fuller resided in Hampton, his birthplace, until 1816, the date of his removal to Tolland, Conn. He married in 1811, Louisa, daughter of William Butler and his wife, Louisa Huntington. Their children were: Lucius S., Abigail, wife of Sylvander Harwood, Caroline C., William B. and Melissa J.; of whom Lucius S. is the only survivor. He was born March 12th, 1812, in Hampton, and now resides in Tolland, where he has been a foremost citizen and prominently identified with both county and state affairs. He married July 4th, 1838, Mary Eliza, daughter of John Bliss, Esq., and his wife Sally Abbott, of Tolland. They celebrated their golden wedding July 4th, 1888. Their two surviving children are Lucius H. and Edward E.
Lucius H. was born August 31st, 1849, in Tolland, and received a high school and academic education. On returning from school, after a brief interval on the farm, he removed to Putnam in’ February, 1868, and engaged in the insurance business, representing, as agent, many of the most important fire insurance companies in the country. This has, under his able management, grown and extended itself until it now takes rank as one of the most important agencies in the state, outside of the cities. Mr. Fuller is also interested in various other enterprises; he is president of the Putnam Water Company, having been one of its earnest promoters and warmest advocates; treasurer of the Putnam Dairy Company; director of the Putnam Foundry Corporation, of the Mystic Valley Water Company, the Palatka Water Company, of Florida, and also of the Tolland Fire Insurance Company. He has been an earnest worker for the town of Putnam and its material prosperity, having at times influenced the investment of considerable capital at this point. As a republican he was twice elected to the office of justice of the peace, but each time declined to act. He is now serving for the second term as member of the school board, and is also at present one of the acting visitors. He is greatly interested in the fire department, of which he was for many years chief engineer, and has been warden of the fire district, of which he was one of the principal promotors.
Mr. Fuller was in 1881 elected to the Connecticut house of representatives from Putnam, and reelected in 1882, making an excellent record. He is the present senator from the Sixteenth district, being chairman of the committee on incorporations, one of the most important committees in the legislature. He has also been a delegate to various state conventions. As a public speaker he has gained something more than local prominence; his ease and fluency in this respect having aided greatly in his political advancement, besides giving him a leading position as a legislator.
Mr. Fuller was on the 31st of August, 1871, married to Helen A., daughter of Isaac and Elizabeth Briggs, of Pomfret, who died May 21st, 1875, leaving one son, Maurice Bernard, born May 7th, 1874. He was again married June 30th, 1880, to Abby Clara, daughter of Joseph W. and Abigail N. Cundall, of Worcester, Mass., who died November 10th, 1884, leaving a son, born on the 7th of August, 1881.
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