The Texas Man

Among many things, Fountain was known for his oratory skills so much that at the Republican Convention in Corpus Christi in 1868, he was elected Vice Chairman of the Convention and had a major role in drafting the Republican platform. Shortly thereafter, he was elected as the State Senator from the El Paso District. When the Twelfth Legislature convened in Austin, Texas, Senator Fountain was elected majority leader of the Senate. At the second session of the Twelfth Legislature, Senator Fountain was elected President of the Senate. During his time in the Senate, his legislative proposals included extending suffrage to women (which was defeated), the incorporation of El Paso (which was approved), and his most notable accomplishment, the re-establishment of the Texas Rangers which had been abolished during the Civil War. At the same time Fountain served as Senate President, he also served as Lieutenant Governor, filling a position that was vacant.

With the Democrats in control of the Thirteenth Legislature, Fountain served as Minority Leader of the Senate. Soon the Republican lead reconstruction movement began to diminish under Democrat control also impacting Fountain’s political base in El Paso. With the recently adopted Texas Election Law nullifying his four year Senate term thus requiring him to run for re-election, Fountain, at the urging of his wife Mariana, moved his family back to Mesilla in 1873.