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Memorable Manitobans: Walter J. Fulton (c1877-1949)

Businessman, community activist.

Born at Newmarket, Ontario on 7 June 1877, son of Annie and Robert Fulton, he received his BA at the University of Toronto in 1903 before becoming western manager for the Dominion Radiator Company and coming to Winnipeg in 1906. He was one of the founders of the Federated Budget Board of Winnipeg (later renamed the Winnipeg Community Chest). He served this organization as Vice-Chairman and Chairman of the budget committee. A member of the Winnipeg Board of Trade, he was also an executive member of the council of the Canadian Manufacturers’ Association and represented employers on the Manitoba Joint Council of Industry (1920-1922).

A person with a sense of civic responsibility as well as business sense, he was a member of the board of trustees of the Winnipeg General Hospital (1921-1932). Fulton additionally served as the first Vice-Chairman of the Social Welfare Commission and was a member of the Manitoba Public Welfare Commission (1917-1920). He was a Liberal-Progressive candidate for the Winnipeg constituency in the 1932 provincial general election.

In 1932, he moved to Calgary, Alberta where he died on 6 October 1949.


“Walter J. Fulton dies in Calgary at 72 years,” Winnipeg Free Press, 7 October 1949. [Manitoba Legislative Library, Biographical Scrapbook B10, page 124]

This page was prepared by Sarah Ramsden.

Page revised: 23 June 2018

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