William Hines Furbush

William Hines Furbush (1839 - September 3, 1902) was a photographer, state legislator, sheriff, lawyer, and newspaper editor in Arkansas. In February 1865, towards the end of the American Civil War, he joined the 42nd Ohio Infantry Regiment in Columbus, Ohio. He became a commissary sergeant and was discharged in January 1866. He lived in Liberia for a short time after the war and returned to the United States.

William Hines Furbush
Arkansas House of Representatives
In office
Personal details
Carroll County, Kentucky
DiedSeptember 3, 1902(1902-09-03) (aged 62–63)
Marion, Indiana
Resting placeMarion National Cemetery
Political partyRepublican Party (pre 1878)
Emma S. Owens
Military service
Allegiance United States
Branch/serviceUnion Army
Years of serviceFebruary 1865–January 1866
RankCommissary Sergeant
Unit42nd Ohio Infantry Regiment
Battles/warsAmerican Civil War

He was born in Carroll County, Kentucky.[1] He studied in Ohio before returning to Arkansas.

A Republican he served in the Arkansas Legislature. He advocated for the creation of Lee County, Arkansas (named for Confederate Army leader (Robert E. Lee) and was appointed its first sheriff.[2] He eventually switched to the Democratic Party.[3] He moved to Colorado and Ohio before returning to Arkansas.[4]

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  1. ^ "W. Hines Furbush - Arkansas Black Lawyers". arkansasblacklawyers.uark.edu.
  2. ^ "Furbush, William H. · Notable Kentucky African Americans Database". nkaa.uky.edu.
  3. ^ Wintory, Blake (2004). "William Hines Furbush: African-American Carpetbagger, Republican, Fusionist, and Democrat". The Arkansas Historical Quarterly. 63 (2): 107–165. JSTOR 40024078 – via JSTOR.
  4. ^ "Encyclopedia of Arkansas". Encyclopedia of Arkansas.