Pages 355-356, transcribed by Carolyn Ward from History of Allen and Woodson Counties, Kansas: embellished with portraits of well known people of these counties, with biographies of our representative citizens, cuts of public buildings and a map of each county / Edited and Compiled by L. Wallace Duncan and Chas. F. Scott. Iola Registers, Printers and Binders, Iola, Kan.: 1901; 894 p., [36] leaves of plates: ill., ports.; includes index.




ARCHIBALD J. FULTON, M. D., of Iola, Kansas, was born on the 18th day of October, 1847, on his father's farm, near Port Stanley, in the county of Elgin, Ontario, Canada. His father, Samuel Fulton, was born at Ballmaena and educated in Belfast, Ireland. His mother, Jean (McDearmid) Fulton, was born and educated in Glasgow, Scotland. The two families emigrated to western Canada in an early day, where Samuel Fulton and Jean McDearmid were married, purchased heavily timbered lands, chopped, logged, cleared and cultivated the same, at a time when their machinery consisted of the cradle, hand-rake and flail and they were obliged to travel sixty miles by ox wagon to have their wheat ground into flour. Yet they labored successfully and lived to see their neighborhood populate and flourish. To them were born five sons and one daughter. Of these, three sons, John Fulton, Andrew L. Fulton and Archibald J. Fulton, took up the profession of medicine and surgery. Dr. John Fulton (now deceased) was professor of surgery in Trinity Medical College, of Toronto, Canada, for many years and was rightly considered at the head of his profession in Canada. He had taken degrees in London, Edinburgh, Paris, Heidleburg and Berlin. Dr. Andrew L. Fulton gratuated[sic] at Trinity Medical College of Toronto, Canada, and Bellevue Hospital Medical College of New York City. He has been professor of surgery in the Kansas City Medical College, of Kansas City, Missouri, for a number of years, and for two years has been dean of the faculty of that college.

Dr. A. J. Fulton grew to manhood under the healthful enviroment of


a country life, and after receiving the education obtainable at the country log school house in those early days he took a course in the London (Canada) Commercial College and graduated in class A in 1866. He then began the study of medicine and surgery under the able guidance of his brother, Dr. Andrew L. Fulton, spending one session in Bellevue Hospital Medical College, of New York, and graduating from Jefferson Medical College of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in March, 1874. He immediately began the practice of medicine at Uniontown, Bourbon county, Kanas,[sic] but after a few months, in the fall of 1874, he removed to Iola, Kansas. On the 5th day of May, 1880, he was married to Miss Mary J. Pickell and to them were born two sons, Fred Robert and Harold John Fulton.

For eleven years Dr. Fulton discharged the duties of Pension Examiner. First receiving the appointment as a single examiner and afterward, under the administrations of Presidents Harrison and Cleveland, he was one of the three members of the board, first acting as president and lastly as secretary of the board. He was elected coroner of Allen county, Kansas, in November, 1885, and succeeded himself in 1887, holding the office for four consecutive years. He served the City of Iola as councilman for two consecutive years. In 1898 he was elected a member of the Board of Education and was chosen president of that body for two consecutive years. In 1897 he received the appointment of surgeon to the Missouri Pacific Railway Company and is still in the discharge of the duties of that office.

In fraternal matters he has held continuous membership in the order of A. F. & A. M. since twenty-one years of age; is at this time a member of the M. W. of A., R. N. of A., K. & L. of S., A. O. U. W. and the Triple Tie Benefit Association.

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