Philo C. Fuller

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Philo C. Fuller
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New York State Comptroller
In office
GovernorHamilton Fish
Washington Hunt
Preceded byWashington Hunt
Succeeded byJohn Wright
5th Speaker of the Michigan House of Representatives
In office
Preceded byHenry Acker
Succeeded byJohn Biddle
Member of the Michigan House of Representatives
from the Lenawee County district
In office
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 30th district
In office
March 4, 1833 – September 2, 1836
Preceded byBates Cooke
Succeeded byJohn Young
Member of the New York Senate
from the 8th district
In office
Member of the New York State Assembly
from the Livingston County district
In office
Personal details
Born(1787-08-14)August 14, 1787
Marlborough, Massachusetts
DiedAugust 16, 1855(1855-08-16) (aged 68)
Geneva, New York
Resting placeTemple Hill Cemetery, Geneseo, New York
Spouse(s)Sophia Nowlen
ParentsSamuel Fuller
Delia Case
Military service
Branch/serviceUnited States Army
Battles/warsWar of 1812

Philo Case Fuller (August 14, 1787 near Marlboro, Middlesex County, Massachusetts – August 16, 1855 near Geneva, Ontario County, New York) was an American lawyer and politician.[1]

Early life[edit]

Fuller was born on August 14, 1787 in Marlborough, Massachusetts. He was the son of Samuel Fuller and Delia (née Case) Fuller. He served in the War of 1812.[2]

Fuller was educated at the local common schools. He studied law and was admitted to the bar in 1813, and practiced in Geneseo, New York.[1]


Fuller served as private secretary to General William Wadsworth of Geneseo, New York and practiced law in Albany, New York.[1]

From 1829 to 1830, he was a member of the New York State Assembly (Livingston Co.) in 52nd and 53rd New York State Legislatures. From 1831 to 1832, he was a member of the New York State Senate (8th D.), sitting in the 54th and 55th New York State Legislatures.[1]

Fuller was elected as an Anti-Mason to the 23rd United States Congress, and re-elected as an Anti-Jacksonian to the 24th United States Congress, holding office from March 4, 1833, to September 2, 1836, when he resigned, and moved to Adrian, Michigan where he engaged in banking and was president of the Erie and Kalamazoo Railroad.[1]

He was a member of the Michigan House of Representatives in 1841 and was Speaker until April 3 when he resigned having been appointed Assistant United States Postmaster General by President William Henry Harrison. Later that year, he was an unsuccessful Whig candidate for Governor of Michigan. Afterwards he returned to Geneseo, New York.[1]

On December 18, 1850, he was appointed New York State Comptroller, and served for the remainder of Washington Hunt's unexpired term until the end of 1851.[1]

Personal life[edit]

In April 1817, he married Sophia Nowlen (ca. 1791–1850), a native of Connecticut.[3] Their children were:[2]

  • Samuel Lucius Fuller (1818–1897), who served as private secretary to Charles H. Carroll.[3]
  • Edward Philo Fuller (1820–1866), who married Cornelia Granger Carroll (1826–1909), daughter of Congressman Charles H. Carroll
  • George A. Fuller (b. 1822).

Fuller died near Geneva, New York on August 16, 1855. He was buried at the Temple Hill Cemetery in Geneseo.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h "FULLER, Philo Case - Biographical Information". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Retrieved 18 August 2017.
  2. ^ a b Bergen, Tunis Garret (1915). Genealogies of the State of New York: A Record of the Achievements of Her People in the Making of a Commonwealth and the Founding of a Nation. Lewis Historical Publishing Company. Retrieved 18 August 2017.
  3. ^ a b Reid, Edwy C. (1897). Annual Report of the Secretary of the Michigan State Horticultural Society. by Authority. Retrieved 18 August 2017.

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New York State Senate
Preceded by
Moses Hayden
New York State Senate
Eighth District (Class 2)

Succeeded by
John Griffin
U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Bates Cooke
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 30th congressional district

Succeeded by
John Young
Political offices
Preceded by
Washington Hunt
New York State Comptroller
Succeeded by
John C. Wright

 This article incorporates public domain material from the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress website