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    [Texas Rangers]. John McMullen Full-Plate Salt Print by William Shew, circa 1860. Oval (6" x 8"). Backstamped "W. M. Shew, No. 423 Montgomery St. San Francisco." Portrait retains excellent contrast and detail; ideal for display. Mat is unevenly toned, but well away from the image. Provenance: Hays Family.

    McMullen became involved in the defense of Texas in 1842 when he volunteered for the Somervell Expedition and the subsequent Mier Expedition, where he served in Company "A" under Captain Ewen Cameron until his capture at the Battle of Mier and imprisonment in Perote Prison. He was released in 1844 and returned to Texas. At the outbreak of the Mexican War in 1845, McMullen joined John C. Hays' 1st Regiment of Texas Mounted Rifles, serving in Company "I" under Captain Robert Gillespie. During the Monterey Campaign he was elected 1st lieutenant under Captain Benjamin McCulloch in Company "A." He served in Hays' regiment until 1849, when he left with Hays and William Sanders Oury for California with dreams of striking gold. In 1850 McMullen was elected sheriff of Sacramento, California, the same year that his friend John Hays was elected sheriff of San Francisco. Their children, John C. Hays Jr. and Anna McMullen, later married in San Francisco.

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