Edmund S. Muskie Oral History Collection


Mike Richard

Document Type

Oral History

Publication Date


Interview Number

MOH 142


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.

Scope and Content Note

Interview includes discussions of: family background; political beliefs; childhood community; education and community involvement; Bates College; teaching; and characteristics and description of Ed Muskie.

Use Restrictions

Copyright Bates College. This transcript is provided for individual Research Purposes Only; for all other uses, including publication, reproduction and quotation beyond fair use, permission must be obtained in writing from: The Edmund S. Muskie Archives and Special Collections Library, Bates College, 70 Campus Avenue, Lewiston, Maine 04240-6018.