Niagara County

1897 Biography - Rankin McMullin

McMullin, Rankin, was born at Syracuse, N. Y., August 27, 1831, a son of Rankin R. McMullin, deceased. He attended the Lockport and Lewiston public schools and began his business career in the hardware trade at Lockport. He spent a number of years in travel, having, in 1859 with a companion, walked from Leavenworth, Kan., to San Francisco, Cal., and ended that trip with two years in the California mines. In 1861 he enlisted in the United States Army in the 4th Regiment of California Vols. and served until the close of the war. In June, 1866, he returned to New York State, settling at Suspension Bridge and was appointed in the same year a deputy collector of customs, which office he filled for four years. In 1872 he again went to California, but returned to Niagara Falls in 1877, when he was made a gatekeeper at Prospect Park, and upon the purchase by the State of New York of that property, he was made one of the State Reservation Police, which position he now holds. Mr. McMullin is a member of Niagara Falls Blue Lodge No. 132, F. & A. M., and Niagara Chapter No. 200, R. A. M., and is a member of Dudley Donnelly Post. G. A. R.

Contributed 2017 by Lisa Slaski from Landmarks of Niagara County, New York, by William Pool, D. Mason & Co., Syracuse, NY, 1897

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