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William James Mullen
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Birth: 1805
Lancaster
Lancaster County
Pennsylvania, USA
Death: Jul. 21, 1882
Philadelphia County
Pennsylvania, USA

Medical Pioneer, Prison Reformer, Philanthropist, Dentist, Manufacturer. Having made his money manufacturing watch dials, he founded the Female Medical College of Pennsylvania in 1850; it was the world's first medical school for women. It became Woman's Medical College of Pennsylvania in 1867, and continues today as the Drexel University College of Medicine. In addition to being the school's founder, he was its first president. The 1880 US Census, identifies him as a "Prison Agent." Before Mullen began his work at Philadelphia's Moyamensing prison, inmates had lengthy imprisonments without trial because police officials had trouble discovering evidence against them. Politically motivated magistrates committed individuals for indictable offenses without specifying charges. His work also resulted in the investigation of those police who engaged in criminal activity, or violated the rights of innocent citizens; they were held responsible for their actions. Mullen was a founder and director of the Philadelphia Society for the Employment and Instruction of the Poor and its House of Industry which gave the poor job training. Mullen estimated that he rescued 50,000 people from unjust imprisonment.
 
 
Note: The monument shows the door of Moyamensing prison with a recently freed woman on the steps. Mullen, in a suit and cape, stands on a pedestal. The statue is the work of Philadelphia sculptor Daniel Kornbau.
 
Burial:
Laurel Hill Cemetery
Philadelphia
Philadelphia County
Pennsylvania, USA
Plot: Section 15, Lot 39
 
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Record added: May 28, 2006
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William James Mullen
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Bless you for all the lives you helped.
- Barbara
 Added: Apr. 1, 2015

- Angel
 Added: Aug. 12, 2014

- Ernest Sharpe Jr
 Added: Sep. 29, 2012
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