ROBERT D. FULTON, the thirty-seventh governor of Iowa, was born in Waterloo, Iowa on May 13, 1929. His education was attained at the Iowa State Teachers College, and at the University of Iowa, where he earned an undergraduate degree in 1952 and a law degree in 1958. Fulton entered politics in 1958, serving as a member of the Iowa House of Representatives, a position he held two years. He also served as a member of the Iowa State Senate from 1962 to 1964, and was the lieutenant governor of Iowa from 1965 to 1969. On January 1, 1969, Governor Harold Hughes resigned from office, and Fulton, who was the lieutenant governor at the time, assumed the duties of the governorship. He served in this capacity until January 16, 1969, when newly elected Governor Robert D. Ray was sworn into office. Fulton later served as a member of the 1971 Democratic National Committee.

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Sobel, Robert, and John Raimo, eds. Biographical Directory of the Governors of the United States, 1789-1978, Vol. 2, Westport, Conn.; Meckler Books, 1978. 4 vols.