Historically, numerous church denominations have actively sought converts. Many churches send missionaries to other countries hoping to find converts. While this practice remains common for some denominations today, during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, missionary activity was much more prevalent than it is today.
Mary Fulton was a missionary for the Presbyterian Church. She was born in Ashland, Ohio. The Philadelphia branch of the Presbyterian Church sent Fulton as a medical missionary to China, where Fulton spent more than twenty years of her life. While in China, Fulton taught school. One of her pupils was Sun Yat-Sen, the first president of the Republic of China, which was established in 1912. Fulton also served as director of a hospital and formed a school for nurses in China. She died in Pasadena, California, in 1926.