On this date in 1771 in Ireland, future Little Rock Mayor David Fulton was born. He served as the fourth and final mayor of the Town of Little Rock in 1835. His term was cut short by the transition of Little Rock from town to city status. Once that happened in November 1835, a new election had to be held.
Mayor Fulton was also proprieter of the Tan Yard, a tanning operation in Little Rock. He later served as a judge and was appointed as Surveyor General of Public Lands in Arkansas by President Martin Van Buren in 1838.
Mayor Fulton married Elizabeth Savin in 1794 in Maryland. Among their children was William Savin Fulton who served as Territorial Governor of Arkansas in 1835 and 1836 and was one of Arkansas’ first US Senators upon statehood in 1836. Mayor Fulton was serving as Mayor at the same time his son was Governor.
Mayor Fulton died on August 7, 1843 and is buried at Mt. Holly Cemetery as are his wife and several other members of his family.