J. K. Mullen

J. K. Mullen
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Born in Ireland in 1847, Mullen migrated with his family to the United States in 1856 and settled in Oriskany Falls, a village in central New York, where he labored in a flour mill and learned the business. Hoping to better himself in the West, he migrated to Kansas in 1867 and in 1871 came to Denver. He worked hard, saved his dimes, and married Catherine Smith in 1874. Thanks in part to her money, he was able to purchase his own flour milling company by 1877. He managed it well and parlayed it into control of Colorado Milling and Elevator, a conglomerate that by 1924 owned “nearly 300 mills, warehouses, and elevators reaching from Oregon to Missouri”.

As his fortune grew so did his generosity. He built Roman Catholic churches in Denver, including St. Leo’s and the original St. Cajetan’s. His largess helped construct Denver’s Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception. And Mullen, whose early poverty forced him to drop out of school, gave three quarters of a million dollars to construct a library at the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. With his benefactions came honors, including his investiture in the papal Knights of St. Gregory—and in 1929, the year of his death, in the even more prestigious Knights of the Order of Malta.

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