The County Surveyor/Collector

The County Surveyor/Collector

His early political appointments included county surveyor and collector of customs for El Paso.

He moved his wife and their two children to El Paso to begin his law career. The movers and shakers of the town hung out at Ben Dowell' s saloon. From connections made there, he gained employment with the U. S. Property Commissioner's office, investigating and disposing of Confederate properties. In Dowell's, Fountain became acquainted with W. W. Mills, the Collector of Customs.

Fountain ran for and won the office of county surveyor. Mills, impressed with Fountain's campaign, offered him the job of Customs Inspector and Chief Assistant to the Collector of Customs. Fountain handled this position so well that he was appointed election judge under the Reconstruction Act. An appointment as the Assessor and Collector of Internal Revenue for the Western District of Texas followed.