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Pennsylvania State Senate

George Shannon Mullin, Sr


Session Position District Party
1841 15 Whig
1843 19 Whig
 Counties   Bedford, Huntingdon, Somerset


1786 - 1867

From Bedford County. Attorney. Married Catherine Hammer.
The Hon. George Mullin, the paternal grandfather of W. Scott Mullin, settled in Harrison township, Pa., in 1818.  Taking up a tract of wild land, he reclaimed a homestead, reared a family of sons and daughters, and ably performed his share in the pioneer labor of building up the town and county.  He had three sons that served in the Civil War, namely: John, the father of W. Scott; Captain G. Shannon, who commanded a company, and subsequently served as Associate Judge of Bedford County; and David W., who served with the rank of Major. George Mullin was one of the foremost men of his time.  He was Sheriff of Bedford County two terms, and he represented his district in the State Senate one term. Had three sons in the Civil War.

The History of Bedford, Somerset and Fulton Counties, Pennsylvania, Waterman, Watkins and Co., Chicago, 1884, p. 359-60, George Mullin, the father of Capt. G. S. Mullin, was a native of Cumberland county, Pennsylvania, who came to Bedford county in 1805 or 1806. He was then a single man, and worked at blacksmithing in Schellsburg. He married Catharine Hammer in this county, and settled at the foot of the ridge in this township (Harrison Twp.), where he worked at his trade, kept tavern and had teams upon the road. In 1818 he bought the farm now owned by his sons. There was then a sawmill and a gristmill upon the place, which were run for many years thereafter, and were largely patronized. Mr. Mullin was elected sheriff of the county in 1822, and moved to Bedford. At the end of his term he returned to his farm, and thence again to Bedford, where he kept the Rising Sun hotel four years. In 1833 he was re-elected sheriff, and served another term. Returning to his farm, he was elected state senator in 1841. He died at the farm in 1867, in his eighty-first year. He was a prominent and influential citizen, well known and greatly honored. He was the father of seven sons and four daughters. Four of his children survive: Rebecca (Brownlee), Ohio; G. Shannon, Joseph H. and D. W., of this county. D. W. Mullin is one of the editors of the Bedford *Inquirer*. Another son, Alexander C., who died in 1877, was a prominent citizen of Cambria county, where he practiced law and edited a newspaper. He served as a member of the legislature, also as private secretary to Gov. Curtin, chief clerk of the state department, collector of internal revenue of the seventeenth district, and in other prominent positions. In 1876 he was secretary of the board of centennial managers. (Source: The History of Bedford, Somerset and Fulton Counties, Pennsylvania, Waterman, Watkins and Co., Chicago, 1884, p. 359-60.).
89. Source: Bedford Cemetery, Hon. George Mullin, 14 Jun 1786--6 Apr 1867 (Source: Bedford Cemetery, located Rte. 220, outside of Bedford, Pa. (est. 1855), Bedford Twp., Bedford Co., Pa.).