Ingham County Biographical Sketches

James T. Bullen

Well known in connection with the local affairs of Ingham county during the past four decades, having been many times honored by election to positions of trust and responsibility, James T. Bullen is today recognized as among the foremost citizens of Aurelius township. He was born in the township September 6, 1843. Here he spent his boyhood and youthful days, his young manhood and middle life, and now as the shadows are falling toward the east, standing on the divide, he is able to look back upon a life of usefulness and helpfulness. Few men enjoy in a larger measure the confidence and good will of their fellow men.

A steel portrait of his father with a brief outline of his life's activities appears else-where in this volume.

In addition to a good common school education, Mr. Bullen attended the Taylor Academy at Lansing for some time. He remained at home until twenty-one years of age, and branched out for himself, first finding employment as a month hand on the farm. Having made good use of his schooling privileges, he was granted a certificate, and for some time was engaged in teaching during the winter months.

April 15, 1864, Mr. Bullen was united in marriage to Miss Jane Eliza, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. James Hulse of Vevay. Mrs. Bullen was born on March 23, 1846. The Hulse family were pioneers of the county. To Mr. and Mrs Bullen were born four sons, data respecting them is furnished follows: Ernest L. B., born March 10, 1868, is a practicing attorney at Grand Rapids, is married and has two children, Merrie and Lowell; Herbert D., born March 6, 1870, he resides at Lansing, is married and has three children; Hermon J., born September 6, 1874, married, is a farmer in Aurelius township, has one child, James C.; Claud C., born February 10, 1877, resides at Grand Rapids, is stenographer and clerk, is married, has one child, Claude C.

Mr. Bullen's entire life has been closely identified with every enterprise or organization having for its purpose the betterment of society and the material welfare of the township.

For twelve years he has been honored by his election as Supervisor of his township. For two years he served as chairman of the board. In noting the changes that have come with the passing of the years, Mr. Bullen states that only one man is now living that is paying taxes on the same description in his township that did so in 1847, when his father was supervisor. This distribution falls to the venerable pioneer, Micajah Vaughan, now a resident of Mason city. Mr. Bullen was for several years engaged in manufacturing tile and lumber at North Aurelius at the same time he engaged in the grocery trade, and was the postmaster at that place.

During the Spanish-American War, his son, Herman J., enlisted in the 32nd Michigan Volunteers, and served for six months, most of the time at Tampa, Florida.

Mrs. Bullen died in March, 1889, and was buried at North Aurelius. The family are consistent members of the Baptist church society of Mason.

Viewed from the standpoint of uprightness of the life and character, Aurelius has not better citizen than James T. Bullen.

Taken from:
"Past and Present of the City of Lansing and Ingham County, Michigan", by Albert E. Cowles.
Published by The Michigan Historical Publishing Association Lansing, MICH., 1905.
Pages 555-556


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