Edward H. Fulton

fultonportraitWe have very little biographical information on egoist/anarchist publisher Edward H. Fulton (E.H. Fulton), but we do have a list of some of the things he published and just found a portrait.

What follows are mentions of Fuller from Wendy McElroy‘s “Benjamin Tucker and Liberty: A Bibliographical Essay.”

Liberty had connections with several labor periodicals. The Age of Thought (1896–98), edited by Edward H. Fulton was directly inspired by Liberty. The first two issues of this eight-page weekly discussed land and money from an anarchist perspective. Francis Tandy, William Holmes, and Henry Cohen—referred to by Tucker as the “Denver circle”—were contributors, as was William Trinkhaus. Tucker’s announcement of the Age of Thought encouraged readers to ‘send a dollar…for a year’s subscription.” Of Fulton, he wrote approvingly: “He is young and ardent, and, situated as he is in the west, where the financial battle is waging, he will be able to lend more efficient aid to Cohen, Tandy and other comrades.

The Socialism of "Merrie England" a booklet published by E.H. Fulton as part of the Liberty Library series.

The Socialism of “Merrie England” Author: William Gilmour Place: Columbus Junction, Iowa Publisher: E.H. Fulton, 1897

Several periodicals were undoubtedly influenced by Liberty‘s presentation of egoism. They included: Ipublished by C.L. Swartz, edited by W.E. Gordak and J.W. Lloyd (all associates of Liberty); The Ego andThe Egoist, both of which were edited by Edward H. Fulton. Among the egoist papers that Tucker followed were the German Der Eigene, edited by Adolf Brand, and The Eagle and The Serpent, issued from London. The latter, the most prominent English-language egoist journal, was published from 1898 to 1900 with the subtitle “A Journal of Egoistic Philosophy and Sociology”; after June 1900 the subtitle read: “A Journal of Emersonian Philosophy and Sociology.” This bi-monthly was edited by John Basil Barnhill under the pseudonym of Erwin McCall.

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Other periodicals influenced by Liberty were not devoted to a specific issue such as labor but to individualism in general terms. E.H. Fulton, mentioned previously as the editor of The Age of Thought, The Ego, and The Egoist, was a Tuckerite who published several individualist-anarchist periodicals:The Alturian (1895); The 1776 American (1920); The New Order (1919), which listed Stephen Byington as a contributing editor; and The Mutualist (1925–1928), to which C.L. Swartz contributed.