Former Nashville Mayor Richard Fulton dies

Posted at 10:04 PM, Nov 28, 2018
and last updated 2018-11-28 23:21:06-05

Former Nashville Mayor Richard Fulton has died.

He served as the second mayor of the Metropolitan Government of Nashville from 1975 until 1987.

Before that, he served seven terms in Congress. He voted in support of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and for the Fair Housing Act. Richard Fulton was 91 years old.

Mayor David Briley praised Fulton's leadership and dedication to the city in a statement:

"Richard Fulton helped make modern-day Nashville what it is with his leadership as mayor, and he helped America live up to its promises by creating new freedoms with his votes for civil rights, voting rights, health care and fair housing in Congress. Mayor Fulton was the right man at the right time to lead our city forward. I’ll never forget interning in his office when I was a college student. Watching Mayor Fulton work taught me a lot about Nashville, about building a better city, and about leadership — and I still carry those lessons with me every day. Jodie and I send our condolences to his family."

Davidson County Register of Deeds Karen Johnson also gave her condolences to the family in a social media post:

"We stand on the shoulders of giants like Mayor Richard Fulton. Tonight, we send our deepest condolences to Mrs. Sandra Fulton and all the Mayor’s loved ones on his passing."