Member Biography

James Grove Fulton 


Portrait: Congressional Portrait Collection; Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division, LC-USZ62-64341

Sessions Office Position District Party
1939-1940       45 Republican

COUNTIES: Allegheny  


03/01/1903 - 10/06/1971

James Grove Fulton (R45) Allegheny (Part) County 1939-1940

Early Life:

James Grove Fulton, born March 1, 1903, Dormont Borough, Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania; son of James H. and Emilie B. Fetterman Fulton; public schools, South Hill, Pittsburgh; Fine Arts Department of Carnegie Institute of Technology, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; Pennsylvania State College, State College, Pennsylvania, 1924; Harvard Law School, Doctor of Laws, 1927; admitted, bar, 1928; commenced law practice, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; engaged, agricultural pursuits; member, Allegheny County Board of Law Examiners, 1934-1942; elected, Republican, Pennsylvania State Senate, 1939-1940; solicitor, Dormont Borough, 1942; publisher, Mount Lebanon, (Pa.) News; enlisted, lieutenant, United States Naval Reserve, South Pacific, World War II, 1942-1945; elected, while still in the service (1944), Republican, United States House of Representatives, Seventy-ninth-ninety-second Congresses, 1945-1971; delegate, United Nations Conference on Trade and Employment, Havana, Cuba, 1947-1948; delegate, Republican National Convention, 1956; member, Fourteenth General Assembly of United Nations, 1959; adviser, space, United States Mission, United Nations, 1960-1969; died, in office, October 6, 1971, Walter Reed Army Medical Center, Washington, District of Columbia, interment, Mount Lebanon Cemetery, Mount Lebanon, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania.

Pennsylvania Politics:

Elected, Republican, Pennsylvania State Senate, 45th district, Allegheny (Part) County, 1939-1940.

Solicitor, Dormont Borough, 1942.

Continued Government Service/National Politics:

Elected, while still in the service, Republican, United States House of Representatives, 79th (1945–1947), 80th (1947–1949), 81st (1949–1951), 82nd (1951–1953), 83rd (1953–1955), 84th (1955–1957), 85th (1957–1959), 86th (1959–1961), 87th (1961–1963), 88th (1963–1965), 89th (1965–1967), 90th (1967–1969), 91st (1969–1971), 92nd (1971–1973) Congresses, 1945-1971. Voted in favor of the Civil Rights Acts of 1957, 1960, 1964, 1968, 24th Amendment, United States Constitution, Voting Rights Act of 1965.

Delegate, United Nations Conference on Trade and Employment, Havana, Cuba, 1947-1948. 

Delegate, Republican National Convention, 1956.

Member, Fourteenth General Assembly of United Nations, 1959.

Adviser, space, United States Mission, United Nations, 1960-1969.


Credited with saving the Space Shuttle program. After a heart attack in 1970, emerged from an ambulance to propose a compromise that eventually saved the funding for the program.

The Congressman James Grove Fulton Memorial Post Office Building, Pittsburgh is named after him.


Cox, Harold. "Senate Members F"Wilkes University Election Statistics Project Wilkes University.

How Jim Fulton Saved the Space Shuttle - SpaceRef

The Philadelphia Inquirer (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) · Friday, October 08, 1971 · Page 28.

James Groves Fulton (1903-1971) - Find a Grave Memorial


Congressional Biography

After 1 session(s) serving in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, James Grove Fulton  went on to serve in congress