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William Douglass Bulger

William Douglass Bulger, lawyer, was born March 1, 1843, near Rockford, Coosa County, and died at Dadeville, December 5, 1894; son of Michael and Elizabeth (Bozeman) Bulger.

He was educated in the county schools, and spent five years in the office of the "Dadeville Banner," owned by his father. He entered Maryville College, Tennessee, and was a student there in 1861, when he left school to become a member of a company assigned to the 38th Tennessee Infantry Regiment. On receiving his discharge, in April 1862, he enlisted in Co. A, 47th Alabama Infantry Regiment, commanded by his father; participated in the battles of Cedar Run, Second Manassas, Chantilly Farm, Fredericksburg, Sharpsburg, Gettysburg and Chickamauga; was wounded in the last named battle, and was assigned to duty at Mobile and appointed Lieutenant Colonel of the Third Alabama Reserves.

Upon the cessation of hostilities he returned home and at once began the study of law; in 1866 admitted to the bar and located at Dadeville, where he remained until 1888, when he removed to Birmingham; in a short time became associated with Judge John T. Heflin, and upon the latter's death, became associated with John J. Altman and Harrington P. Heflin. He was a member of the house of representatives from Tallapoosa County, 1870-81, and an unsuccessful candidate for congress from the fifth district. He was a Democrat; and a Baptist.

December 5, 1866, at Dadeville, to Amanda Elizabeth, daughter of James and Elizabeth (Crabbe) Crabbe of McDonough, Georgia, the former a Confederate soldier.

1. Emma, m. James A. O'Neal;
2. Henrie, an artist, resides in Dadeville;
3. Frances, resides in Dadeville;
4. Bozeman, a newspaper writer of wide reputation, m. Louie Strane, of Athens, resides in New York;
5. Ruby, m. Alexander M. Parker, resides in Tucson, Arizona;
6.-10. all died young.

Last residence:

Source: History of Alabama and Dictionary of Alabama Biography, By Thomas McAdory Owen, LL.D., Volume III,
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Compnay, Chicago, 1921

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