Levi K. Fuller

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Levi K. Fuller (1886)

Levi Knight Fuller (born February 24, 1841 in Westmoreland , Cheshire County , New Hampshire , † October 10, 1896 in Brattleboro , Vermont ) was an American politician and governor of the state of Vermont from 1892 to 1894 .

Early years and advancement

Levi Fuller attended Brattleboro High School . He then completed an apprenticeship in mechanical engineering in Boston . In order to finance his education, he worked as a telegraph operator. After returning to Brattleboro, he worked for the Estey Organ Company . He married the daughter of the company boss and soon rose to the position of vice president in the company. Fuller was also inventive during this period. In the course of time he applied for around 100 patents , some of which were taken up and exploited by manufacturers of musical instruments around the world. Fuller was also an amateur astronomer and scientist who owned his own observatory and library. He also advocated the concerns of African Americans and was one of the founders of Shaw University in North Carolina , one of the first universities for blacks in the southern states . He also became president of the Brattleboro Savings Bank and curator of the library there. Fuller was also a member of the National Guard and set up its own unit in 1874, the so-called Fuller Light Battery .

Political career

Levi Fuller was a member of the Republican Party . Between 1880 and 1881 he was a member of the Vermont Senate and from 1886 to 1887 he was lieutenant governor . In 1892 he was elected as his party's candidate for governor of his state. During his two-year tenure between October 6, 1892 and October 4, 1894, the school system was further improved and a Board of Highway Commissioners was established. After his term of office he decided not to run again. He retired into private life and took care of his many business activities. Levi Fuller died suddenly and unexpectedly in 1896. He was married to Abby Estey, the daughter of his former boss at the organ building company.


  • Robert Sobel and John Raimo (Eds.): Biographical Directory of the Governors of the United States, 1789–1978. Volume 4, Meckler Books, Westport, 1978. 4 volumes.

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