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S. Fulton Thurman. Prominent among the young men of Southeast Missouri stands the name of S. Fulton Thurman, commissioner of Ste. Genevieve County public schools. He was born in Ste. Genevieve County June 15, 1860, and is the son of Perrin and Martha (Andrews) Thurman. Perrin Thurman was of a good old Kentucky stock, and immigrated with his parents to Missouri at the age of eight. There he spent his youth enjoying the educational facilities of those early days and is now living. His wife died in 1876. She was the mother of ten children, all living. S. Fulton Thurman was the eldest of these children. He worked on the farm and was educated in the common public schools, but, possessing more than ordinary ability, he began teaching at the age of twenty in the public schools of Ste. Genevieve County. Having gained a stepping stone he alternated in teaching and attending college for several years. His alma mater is Carleton Institute, situated at Farmington. In 1884 he made a trip west and visited several of the western States and Territories as well as Old Mexico. He then returned to his native country and again engaged in educational work in which he still remains. September 26, 1887, at the instigation of many of the best citizens of this county, he was appointed commissioner of the Ste. Genevieve County schools by Gov. A.P. Morehouse. In that capacity his services are recognized as of a high order, and the public is generally pleased with them. Mr. Thurman is a man of thorough mental discipline, a devoted student, a genuine educator, and we may justly hope to hear of him in the future in still higher educational circles of the State.
Source: History of Southeast Missouri (1888). Transcribed by Kim Mohler


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