Andrew Fulton (mayor)

Andrew Fulton (December 21, 1850 – February 7, 1925) was Mayor of Pittsburgh from 1884 to 1887.

Andrew Fulton
Portrait of Andrew Fulton,
c. 1884–1887
33rd Mayor of Pittsburgh
In office
Preceded byRobert W. Lyon
Succeeded byWilliam McCallin
Personal details
Born(1850-12-21)December 21, 1850
DiedFebruary 7, 1925(1925-02-07) (aged 74)

Early life

The son of Samuel Magee and Agnes Rebecca (Smith) Fulton, he was born in 1850 into a foundry family (the Fulton's cast the bell for the old City Hall in Pittsburgh). He was extremely outgoing and affable and preferred the less formal "Andy Fulton", this charismatic charm as well as his tall stature served him well in a career of politics.

Pittsburgh politics

In 1879, Fulton was elected to the City Council followed soon by his election to the mayor's office in 1887. Mayor Fulton oversaw the completion of the Western Penitentiary during his term. After leaving office he continued to stay active in Pittsburgh politics working on both the city and county levels, with the exception of an absence to Colorado to raise horses for a number of years.

Scandal turned hoax

In 1888, Fulton was the victim of a hoax. Initially reported to have been fatally injured 20 miles outside of Denver, Colorado at the end of October 1888 when his wife shot him "at the cattle ranch of Emma Johnson, a noted sporting woman of Pittsburg" during a domestic dispute which allegedly arose from Fulton's longtime adulterous relationship with Johnson, during which Fulton allegedly fathered two children with Johnson (two girls, born circa 1865 and 1867), Fulton's reputation was restored somewhat when newspapers printed retractions several days later stating that the reports of Fulton's having been shot were false, citing as proof the fact that Fulton's wife had "not been out of the city [Pittsburgh] for some time" and could not, in fact, have traveled to Denver to shoot her husband.[1]

By 1890, Fulton had parted ways with Johnson, and had relocated to New York; however, their alleged relationship continued to make headlines. In February of that year, Fulton again refuted accounts of his alleged relationship with Johnson. Although newspapers were reporting that Johnson was seeking a divorce from Fulton that year, in order to enable her to remarry, Fulton denied that he had ever married Johnson.[2]

Death and interment

In 1925, Fulton contracted pneumonia. He died on February 7 of that year, and was buried in the Allegheny Cemetery.


  1. "Was Shot By His Wife! Domestic Infelicities of Ex-Mayor Fulton, of Pittsburgh - Case of Illicit Love," and "The Story Discredited," and "Reported to Be a Hoax." Reading, Pennsylvania: Reading Times, November 1, 1888.
  2. "Mayor Fulton Denies It. He Says Emma Johnson Can Get No Divorce from Him, for He Never Married Her - The Woman's Fortune and Latest Conquest." Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania: Pittsburgh Dispatch, February 19, 1990.
Political offices
Preceded by
Robert W. Lyon
Mayor of Pittsburgh
Succeeded by
William McCallin
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