biography from Portrait & Biographical Album of Mahaska Co., Iowa, 1887
MAJ. J. W. McMULLIN, President and General Manager of the Oskaloosa Livery and Transfer Company, is a native of Adams County, Pa., and was born near Gettysburg. When nine years old he removed with his parents to Miami County, Ohio, where he grew to manhood, receiving his early education in a log school-house. His father was a farmer and settled among the heavy timber of that State, where J. W. worked for many years, assisting by his labor in opening up the farm. In the year 1855 he came to Oskaloosa. In 1861, at the first call for three year men, our subject enlisted in the 7th Iowa Infantry, and was commissioned Captain of Company C, participating with his command in the engagement at Belmont, the sieges of Fts. Henry and Donelson, the battle of Shiloh, the siege and battle of Corinth and at Iuka. At the second battle of Corinth he received a severe gunshot wound in the left limb below the knee. The regiment was garrisoned at Pulaski, Teun., during the winter of l863,and the following spring joined the army of the Tennessee at Chattanooga, participating in the battles in and around that city at Snake Creek Gap, Resaca, and all engagements up to and inclnding the siege of Atlanta, Ga. After the battle of Shiloh he was promoted Major of the regiment, and served in that position until he was mustered out after three years' service. Returning to Oskaloosa, Maj. McMullin engaged in the livery business with F. L. Downing, under the style of Downing & McMullin, and which was afterward changed to McMullin & Co. In the spring of 1886, the company of which he is at present the head was formed, by the consolidation of the firm of McMullin & Co. with the Oskaloosa Livery and Transfer Company. Maj. McMullin is a member of Mahaska Lodge No. 16. I. O. O. F., and of Oskaloosa Encampment No. 8, and has filled all the chairs in both orders. In Masonry he is a Knight Templar, and also a member of the A. 0. U. W. He was a member of the City Council for two years, rendering the city valuable service during that time. In politics he is a Republican of the radical type. The Major was married in Piqua, Miami Co., Ohio, to Miss Carrie E. Munsell, a native of Ohio. The issue of this marriage is one child, Sarah S., now the wife of Rev. J. R. Noble, of Missouri. Maj. McMullin takes a lively interest in all matters of Church and State, is generous to a fault, and is an active, public-spirited citizen, never withholding either influence or means where the same tends to the advancement of public interest.
Portrait & Biographical Album of Mahaska Co., Iowa, 1887
Mahaska County, Iowa Genealogy