James B. Mulkey
In 1845 he enlisted in the army to fight in the Mexican-American War and was wounded at the Battle of Buena Vista. Discharged in 1847, he tried various occupations, including teaching, farming, and pharmaceuticals, before going to law school. He graduated in 1858, and practiced law for a time, but reenlisted as the Civil War broke out. In 1861 he was commissioned a Colonel, but as the war ended he became a Major. After the war he returned to his Bloomington law practice.
Mulkey married the former Mary J. Coffey on May 31, 1853, and they had six children, including Horace B., James O., and Frank L.