Ruth (Coan) Fulton was born on June 19, 1915 in Manchester, New Hampshire to Fred Coan and Pearl Knowles Coan. Her father was a foreman at the Elliot Manufacturing Company in Manchester, New Hampshire. Her parents were Republicans. Ruth went to Bates College with Ed Muskie where she majored in English. While there, she was treasurer of the Women’s Student Government. She was also involved in dramatics, the glee club, college choir, and music. After college, she became a teacher and lived in Portland, Maine. She married Robert William Fulton, who was an electrical engineer.
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