Robert Edison Fulton Jr.

Robert Edison Fulton Jr.

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in New York, New York, The United States
April 15, 1909

May 07, 2004


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Robert Edison Fulton, Jr. (April 15, 1909-May 7, 2004), was an American inventor and adventurer. He is known for being the first person to travel around the world on a motorcycle and for several aviation related inventions, among his 70 patents. Fulton was also a professional photographer.

Born in Manhattan, New York on April 15, 1909 and named for Thomas Edison, who was a friend of his father, Robert Fulton, Sr. His father was also a president of Mack Trucks. His maternal grandfather, Ezra Johnson Travis, ran stagecoach lines across the old west after the Civil War and his uncle, Elgin Travis, who took them over from his father, eventually converted the stagecoach routes into bus lines, which became Greyhound Bus Line. As a teenager he was

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“I probably did too much thinking in India. I blame it on the roads, for they were superb...”
Robert Edison Fulton Jr., One Man Caravan

“All of us,' he said, 'have hopes of being poet, artist, discoverer, philospoher, scientist; of possessing the attributes of all these simultaneously. Few are permitted to achieve any of them in daily life. But in travel we attain them all. Then we have our day of glory, when all our dreams come true, when we can be anything we like, as long as we like, and, when we are tired of it, pull up stakes and move on. Travel -- the solitude of the mountains, the emptiness of the desert, the delicacy of the minaret; eternal change, limitless contrast, unending variety.' (Eric Lang)”
Robert Edison Fulton Jr., One Man Caravan

“What manner of people they were only books and other people could tell... and the tale was a long and gory one dating from the dim, conjectural dawn of history. But being human they were as apt to change as mother nature to remain constant.”
Robert Edison Fulton Jr., One Man Caravan