R. W. McMullin is the present treasurer of Jefferson County, and is the editor of the "Jefferson Democrat". In the family of his parents, John T. and Eliza M. (Jamison) McMullin, were ten children, four of whom are living. R. W. the third child, and the eldest now living, was born in Jefferson County, June 2, 1842. John T. McMullin is a son of Samuel McMullin who was a native of Ireland, and settled in Jefferson County, near Valle Mines, in the latter part of the eighteenth century. Eliza M. McMullin was a daughter of Robert Jamison, who was also one of the pioneers of Jefferson County. The parents were married about 1837, and settled on a farm on Plattin Creek; the father was born in 1812, and was three times elected assessor of Jefferson County, performing the duties of that office to the satisfaction of all. R. W. was educated in the common schools, and in the winters of 1860 and 1863 taught a district school. In August, 1862, he enlisted for three years in the Thirty-first Regiment Missouri Volunteers, but was discharged at the expiration of three months on account of throat and lung diseases
contracted in the service. February 1, 1863, he was appointed deputy county clerk under Samuel A. Reppy, in which capacity he served until May, 1865, being then appointed county clerk by Gov. Fletcher, retaining
the latter office until November, 1866, when he was elected to the same
position on the Radical ticket, and performed the duties of the office
to the satisfaction of all and to his own credit. In June, 1871 Mr.
McMullin purchased the "Jefferson Democrat," a paper in which he had been
interested for some time previously. He still owns and conducts the paper,
which is the most newsy and firmly established paper in Jefferson County.
Mr. McMullin was elected county treasurer of the county in 1884, being
elected to the same position in 1886. In March, 1864, occurred his marriage
to Miss Mary E., daughter of B. S. Reppy, who died in 1865. The following
year he married Miss Mary E., daughter of E. F. Honey, and to their union
have been born four sons and four daughters. Mr. McMullin is an elder in
the Presbyterian Church, and belongs to Joachim Lodge, No. 164, A. F. & A. M.,
and also to Cape Stone R. A. C., No. 33. He has taken great interest in
Masonic matters and has served as D. D. G. M. of his Masonic district.