From NKAA, Notable Kentucky African Americans Database (main entry)

Furbush, William H.

(born: 1839  -  died: 1902) 

Thought to be born in Kentucky, Furbush was the first sheriff of Lee County, Arkansas, and also a member of the Arkansas General Assembly. He was a photographer in Ohio, then fought in the Civil War, later moved to Liberia, returning to the U.S. in less than a year. In 1874 he survived an assassination attempt. He may have been the first African American Democrat in the Arkansas General Assembly. Wiliam H. Furbush began practicing law in Arkansas in 1886. For more see B. Wintory, "William Hines Furbush: African-American Carpetbagger, Republican, Fusionist, and Democrat," The Arkansas Historical Quarterly, vol. 63 (Summer 2004), pp. 107-165; and William Hines Furbush at the Arkansas Black Lawyer website.

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NKAA Source: Arkansas historical quarterly (periodical)

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