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Richard Harmon Fulton (January 27, 1927 – November 28, 2018) was an American Democratic politician who served as a member of the Tennessee State Senate and of the
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of the Metropolitan Government of
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and Davidson County.


Personal life

Fulton was born in
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. He graduated from East Nashville High School and served in the
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in
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. After returning from his military service, he entered the
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where he played for the Volunteers on the football team. He died on November 28, 2018, at a
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in Nashville at the age of 91.


Political career


State Senate

In 1954, Fulton was elected to the Tennessee State Senate in place of his brother Lyle, who suddenly died from cancer shortly after receiving the Democratic nomination for that post. Fulton was sworn in on January 3, 1955, but because he was only 29, below the minimum age for Senators under the
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, the Senate voted unanimously (28–0) to unseat him. Fulton could not serve in the Senate until he was elected in 1956 at the age of 31. He was reelected to the Senate in 1958, then left politics to begin a career in
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Congress

In 1962, he entered the Democratic
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for the Nashville-based 5th Congressional District against incumbent Congressman Joseph Carlton Loser. The election commission initially declared Loser the winner; however, a friend of Fulton successfully filed suit to throw out the primary results after ''
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'' reported corruption at the commission. In the rerun of the primary, Fulton defeated Loser and was victorious in November. Fulton voted in favor of the Civil Rights Acts of 1964 and
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, and the
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. He resigned from the House after his election as mayor.


Mayor of Nashville

Fulton served three terms as mayor of Nashville, Tennessee from 1975 until 1987. He was an unsuccessful candidate for the Democratic nomination for governor in 1978 and 1986. In 1999, he embarked on a comeback mayoral bid where he made it to the runoff election, but then withdrew and endorsed his opponent Bill Purcell. During his tenure as mayor, Fulton was an influential voice in the development of key downtown streets, Riverfront Park, the Nashville Convention Center, the construction of Interstate 440, the expanded use of the Metro Development and Housing Agency and established of parks in the city. From 1983 until 1984, Fulton served as president of the United States Conference of Mayors.


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{{DEFAULTSORT:Fulton, Richard 1927 births 2018 deaths Democratic Party Tennessee state senators Heads of county government in Tennessee Mayors of Nashville, Tennessee United States Navy personnel of World War II Military personnel from Tennessee University of Tennessee alumni Democratic Party members of the United States House of Representatives from Tennessee Presidents of the United States Conference of Mayors