was born in Liberty township, Trumbull county, Ohio, May 16, 1823.
His father, James Stull, was of German descent. His
mother's maiden name was Catharine McIlree, although both in
Scotland, she was of Irish Origin. His parents removed from
Liberty to Farmington when he was six years old. When he was
twelve years old his father died, leaving him to care for and be
cared for by his mother. At the age of nineteen he went to
learn the blacksmith's trade with Abraham Anxer, of Hamden,
Ohio. He worked with Anxer two years ad then returning
to Farmington opened a shop there. About six months after his
return to Farmington, while shoeing horse by lamplight, he received
injuries which disabled him from longer pursuing this occupation.
Young Shull had, up to this time, only a very limited
education; but, his body disabled, his intellect began to prepare to
assert itself. He attended Farmington academy, studying during the
summer, and teaching in the South in the winter. While in the
South he established at Nashville, Tennessee, a business college.
He began his law studies at the age of twenty-seven, with Judge
Barbee, of Campbellsville, Kentucky. His studies were
continued through the various vicissitudes of a southern
schoolmaster's life, until his return to Ohio. He was admitted
to the bar of Warren, in May, 1853. The same month he was
married to Florilla W. Wolcott, daughter of Deacon Lewis
Wolcott, of Farmington. He immediately began the practice
of his profession at Warren. He has been associated in
partnership with Hon. G. M. Tuttle, Hon. M. Sutliff, F. E.
Hutchins, and Hon. C. E. Glidden.
In the fall of 1858 Mr. Stull was elected
prosecuting attorney of Trumbull county. He served in that
office one term at that time, but four years later was re-elected,
holding the office two terms longer. In the spring of 1858 he
was elected mayor of Warren. He has ever been one of the most
active and influential politicians of this section. During
several of the most exciting campaigns in the experience of the
party he was chairman of the Republican central committee of his
county. For the last ten years he has been an active worker in
the Methodist Episcopal church. To him and a few others of
similar liberality and activity this denomination is largely
indebted for the magnificent church edifice, which is the pride of
its congregation in Warren.
History of Trumbull &
Mahoning Counties with Illustrations and Biographical Sketches Vol.
I - Publ. Cleveland: H. Z. Williams & Bro. 1882 - Page 199