General Robert Bullock was born at Granville, Pitt County, North Carolina on December 8, 1828, the son of Richard and Mildred (Walker) Bullock. He came to Marion County, Florida in 1844 at the age of sixteen settling at Ft. King, then a United States Government near present day Ocala. He began his political career early in life when he was elected circuit clerk of Marion County, in 1849. He held the office for six years.
He married Amanda Loretta Waterman May 7, 1852. He and his wife would have thirteen children from this union with six reaching adulthood, including Judge W. S. Bullock, R. B. Bullock, B. F. Bullock, Mrs. Marie E. Wright, Mrs. Hattie Wright and Mrs. Loretta Birdsey.
When the Indian War broke out in South Florida in 1856 he was commissioned by Governor Brown to organize a company of mounted volunteers and was sent to protect the border settlements from the Indians. He was a brave and efficient officer and soon became captain where he remained on duty for eighteen months.
He returned to Ocala and his family, began studying law and was admitted to the bar and began his practice which would be interrupted by the outbreak of the war between the states. He was elected lieutenant-colonel of the Seventh Florida Regiment of which he was commissioned to raise at the beginning of the war. He participated in the battle of Richmond under General Kirby Smith; being promoted to Colonel. He was captured at Missionary Ridge and sent to Johnson's Island in Lake Erie where he remained a prisoner of war from November 1, 1863 to March, 1864. After his exchange he resumed the command of his regiment and after General Finley was wounded at the battle of Resaca, he was made brigade commander and then brigadier-general. He was severely wounded at the battle of Utoy Creek On December, 1864; his wounds disabling him for further field duty.
After his recovery, General Bullock resumed his law practice. Raised in a large family he was not collage educated, but his strong mind was stored with the useful knowledge he learned in the school of life. His eloquent yet forceful delivery placed him in the forefront as the public speaker of the state. He possessed the confidence of the plain people. This confidence was gained because they knew him to be honest with them.
from rank of captain in the Indian War to that of
brigadier-general in the confederate army, efficient member of the 51st
and 32nd congress of the United States in 1888, besides holding several
important official positions in Marion County, including being
nominated by the democratic convention for lieutenant-governor in 1872.
He was a presidential elector in the Tilden campaign of 1876 and in
1880 was elected clerk of the circuit court, which he filled for eight