John Cornelius McMullen (1835 – December 30, 1912) was an attorney and banker who founded what became the State Savings Bank in Oakland. The brick building that was home to the bank still stands across from the Tribune Tower at 1305 Franklin Street; it’s called, appropriately enough, the McMullen Building. John had served in the First Wisconsin Infantry during the Civil War and was with Sherman on his March to the Sea. He attained the rank of captain, but for some reason, perhaps a brevet promotion, he was known as (and addressed as) “Colonel McMullen”.

The McMullen House is a large Queen Anne-style home at 2748 Grande Vista Avenue, and is a city of Oakland Historical Landmark.

Death and Burial

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McMullen died at his home on December 30, 1912. He rests at Mountain View Cemetery.

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