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Biography of John A. Fuller

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John A. Fuller, a well-known and influential citizen of Contoocook, Merrimack County, N.H., son of Abram G. and Adeline C. (Fellows) Fuller, was born in Bridgewater, Grafton County, this State, August 8, 1848. His paternal grandfather, John A. Fuller, first, a farmer, removed from Vermont to Hopkinton, N.H., and resided there till his death, which occurred in his eighty-second year. He married Mary Davis.

Abram G. Fuller, son of John A. Fuller and Mary (Davis) Fuller, born in Hopkinton, was a farmer and wheelwright, having a shop on his farm. He lived to the age of seventy-one years. His wife, Adeline C. Fellows, also of Hopkinton, died in January, 1895. Of their children only two, John A., of Contoocook, Orrin F., a farmer of Hopkinton, are in New Hampshire.

John A. Fuller, the subject of this sketch, was a boy of eight or nine years when he went to Hopkinton. He was educated in the public schools and in the academy at Contoocook. Living on his father’s farm in Hopkinton until he was sixteen years of age, he then went to Goffstown, where he learned the trade of sash and blind making. From that time he became his own supporter, and, coming to Contoocook, worked as foreman in the factory of McClure & Taggart, where he remained until the factory was burned three years later. After this he worked as clerk in a village store. He was appointed Postmaster under the Cleveland administration of 1885, served as Assistant Postmaster for four years under Harrison, and was then reappointed Postmaster upon the re-election of Mr. Cleveland. He now holds the position. He has also the fire insurance agency for the village, his books showing a good business. Mr. Fuller has served for fifteen years as a Justice of the Peace and for ten years as a Notary Public, doing conveyancing and attending to the other official duties. He has also served for fourteen years as Township Clerk, and is thus connected with almost every public enterprise in the township.

April 30, 1872, John A. Fuller married Julia F., daughter of Jacob M. and Sarah C. (Abbott) Morrill, of Contoocook. Their one child, William F. Fuller, is proprietor of a job printing establishment in Contoocook. Mrs. Fuller’s father, Jacob Matthew Morrill, was born in Hopkinton, July 11, 1819, son of Joseph and Pamelia Martin Morrill, and died October 19, 1896, aged seventy-seven years. He spent a few years in Dixon, Ill., but lived mainly in Contoocook village, where he worked as a carpenter and joiner. From October, 1862, to August, 1863, he served in Company D, Sixteenth Regiment, New Hampshire Volunteers; and in 1871 he was made a Selectman of the town. He married April 30, 1845, Sarah Call Abbott, daughter of J. Herman and Sally Currier Abbott. Mrs. Morrill is still living.

Mr. John A. Fuller is by political sentiment a Democrat. He is a member of Hillsborough Lodge, I. O. O. F., No. 2, in Manchester; and has passed the chairs in Eagle Encampment, No. 8, of Contoocook. Mrs. Fuller is a member of the Rebecca Lodge, I. O. O. F.


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