Mary Hannah Fulton Biography

Mary Hannah Fulton

physician and missionary
Born: May 31, 1854
Birthplace: prob. Ashland, Ohio

Having graduated from Hillsdale College in Michigan with a master's degree in 1877, Fulton spent three years as a public school teacher in Indianapolis, Ind. She entered the Woman's Medical College of Pennsylvania in 1880, and after graduating in 1884 she went to join her brother in southern China, where he was already working as a missionary. In 1887 she established two dispensaries in Canton, while also teaching pediatrics at Canton Hospital. Later she served as director of the David Gregg Hospital for Women and Children, which she helped to found, and the Hackett Medical College for Women, both in Canton. Fulton also translated numerous English medical texts into Cantonese, and she helped raise funds to build and support a church in Canton and one in Shanghai. She returned to the United States in 1918 and wrote her memoirs promoting missionary work in China.

Died: New Delhi, India , Jan. 7, 1927