Richard Fulton

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Richard Harmon Fulton
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64th Mayor of Nashville, Tennessee
In office
Preceded by Beverly Briley
Succeeded by Bill Boner
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Tennessee's 5th district
In office
January 3, 1963 – August 14, 1975
Preceded by J. Carlton Loser
Succeeded by Clifford Allen
Member of the Tennessee State Senate
In office
Personal details
Born (1927-01-27) January 27, 1927 (age 90)
Nashville, Tennessee
Political party Democratic
Alma mater University of Tennessee

Richard Harmon "Dick" Fulton (born January 27, 1927) is a Democratic politician who served as a member of the Tennessee State Senate and of the United States House of Representatives, and the second mayor of the Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County.


Fulton was educated as a youth in the public schools of his native Nashville. He later attended the University of Tennessee. He served in the United States Navy in World War II.

State Senate[edit]

In 1954, Fulton was elected to the Tennessee State Senate in place of his brother Lyle, who had died suddenly shortly after receiving the Democratic nomination for that post. Fulton was sworn in on January 3, 1955. He had not yet turned 30, however, the age required for senators under the Tennessee State Constitution. His election was challenged on this basis, and the Senate voted unanimously (28-0) to unseat Fulton,[1] whose post was then taken by Clifford Allen. Fulton ran for the position again in 1956, and this time was of age and seated. He was reelected in 1958, then left politics to begin a career in real estate.


In 1962 he entered the Democratic primary for the Nashville-based 5th Congressional District against incumbent Congressman Joseph Carlton Loser. Fulton defeated Loser and was victorious in November. Fulton was handily reelected in 1964. In 1966, 1968, and 1970, his Republican opponent was George Kelly. In 1972, Fulton faced a challenge from attorney Alf Adams.

Mayor and later career[edit]

Fulton served as mayor of Nashville, Tennessee from 1975 through 1987. He was an unsuccessful candidate for the Democratic nomination for governor in 1978 and 1986 and made a failed comeback mayoral bid in 1999.[2] Fulton later devoted his time to his family's real estate business and his governmental-relations consulting firm, which he still pursues as of 2005.


  1. ^ Battle, Dick; Tom Flake (January 5, 1955). "Senate Vote Ousts Fulton". Nashville Banner. 
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U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
J. Carlton Loser
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Tennessee's 5th congressional district

Succeeded by
Clifford Allen
Political offices
Preceded by
Beverly Briley
Mayor of Nashville, Tennessee
Succeeded by
Bill Boner