Biography of Lieut. Col. John J. Fulmer
Oswego County, NY Biographies





Lieut. Col. John J. Fulmer, who is commander of Fort Ontario at Oswego, is a veteran of the Spanish-American and World Wars, and has had a colorful military career. He was born at Amityville, Berks County, Pa., May 21, 1878, the son of Samuel H. and Irene P. (Ludwig) Fulmer.

Samuel H. Fulmer was born at Amityville, Pa., and died in 1926 at the age of 80 years. His wife died in 1917. Both are buried at Amityville. He attended college at Millersville, Pa., and for many years engaged in business at Reading, Pa., as a manufacturer, banker, and real estate broker. He was a Republican, and held membership in the Lutheran Church. To Mr. and Mrs. Fulmer were born three sons: 1. W. L., lives at Seattle, Wash. 2. E. L., lives at Bayside, N. Y. 3. John J., the subject of this sketch.

John J. Fulmer attended the public schools of Reading, Pa., and had taken a preparatory course in architecture at the time of his enlistment in the U. S. Army in 1898. He served throughout the Spanish-American War as a member of the 27th Infantry, and was stationed in the Philippines. He entered the Regular Army in 1900, received the commission of second lieutenant at Fort Adams, R. I., on Feb. 1, 1901, and became first lieutenant in 1906. He was promoted to the rank of captain in 1915, major in 1919, and lieutenant colonel in 1921. He served during the World War in France as a member of the General Staff, G. 5 Section of General Headquarters, and was awarded the Distinguished Service Medal. Colonel Fulmer had been graduated in 1905 from the Infantry and Cavalry School, from the General Staff School in 1923, and from the Army War College in 1925.

Colonel Fulmer holds membership in the Army and Navy Club, Army, Navy and Marine Club, and numerous other military organizations. He is recognized as a writer of note, being the author of "Battle Fire Training," "Military Panoramic Sketching," and other pamphlets.

Colonel Fulmer has traveled throughout the world during his military career, having been appointed commander of Fort Ontario in July, 1929.

On Feb. 5, 1909, Colonel Fulmer married Miss Viola J. Brooks, of Detroit, Mich., the daughter of Frank W. and Josephine (Nelson) Brooks, the former a native of Waco, Texas, and the latter of Shreveport, La. Mr. Brooks died in 1923 and his widow lives with her daughter, Mrs. Fulmer. Colonel and Mrs. Fulmer have no children.

Colonel Fulmer holds membership in the Lake Placid Club, Onondaga Country Club and Oswego Country Club. He is a Republican and a member of the Lutheran Church.

From:

The North Country
A History, Embracing
Jefferson, St. Lawrence, Oswego, Lewis
and Franklin Counties, New York.
By: Harry F. Landon
Historical Publishing Company
Indianopolis, Indiana 1932


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