Adam McMullen (June 12, 1872 – March 2, 1959) was a Nebraska Republican politician and was the 21st Governor of Nebraska.

Adam McMullen
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Chair of the National Governors Association
In office
July 25, 1927 – November 20, 1928
Preceded byOwen Brewster
Succeeded byGeorge Dern
21st Governor of Nebraska
In office
January 8, 1925 – January 3, 1929
LieutenantGeorge A. Williams
Preceded byCharles W. Bryan
Succeeded byArthur J. Weaver
Personal details
Born(1872-06-12)June 12, 1872
Wellsville, New York, U.S.
DiedMarch 2, 1959(1959-03-02) (aged 86)
Wymore, Nebraska, U.S.
Political partyRepublican
EducationUniversity of Nebraska, Lincoln (BA)
George Washington University (LLB)

McMullen was born in Wellsville, New York and as a young boy moved with his family to Wymore, Nebraska. He was a founding member of the Beta Tau chapter of Delta Tau Delta fraternity at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 1894. He graduated from the University of Nebraska in 1896, and matriculated at George Washington University, where he earned a law degree in 1899. He was married to Cora Greenwood.[1]


Still in Washington, D. C. after his graduation in 1899, McMullen worked as a secretary for Nebraska Congressman, Jesse Strode, then for Senator Charles Henry Dietrich. He returned to Wymore, Nebraska where he passed the state bar and entered into private practice. Elected into the Nebraska House of Representatives, he served two terms from 1904 to 1908.[2]

In 1906 McMullen was elected to the Nebraska State Senate and served from 1907 to 1909. From 1916 to 1920 he was a member of the Wymore School Board, serving as president during the last two years. He was elected Governor of Nebraska in 1924 and in 1926.[3] During his tenure, the state deficit was erased by implementing a special tax, and the state highway program was improved.

After stepping down from governorship, McMullen settled in Beatrice, Nebraska and continued to stay politically active while pursuing his own business interests. He served as Postmaster of Beatrice in 1932. He was also a delegate to 1944 Republican National Convention and the chairman of the National Governors Association in 1927 to 1928.


McMullen died on March 2, 1959. He is interred at Wymore Cemetery in Wymore, Nebraska.[4]


  1. ^ "Adam McMullen". National Governors Association. Retrieved September 24, 2012.
  2. ^ "Adam McMullen". National Governors Association. Retrieved September 24, 2012.
  3. ^ "Adam McMullen". Encyclopedia of Nebraska. Retrieved September 24, 2012.
  4. ^ "Adam McMullen". Find A Grave. Retrieved September 24, 2012.

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Party political offices
Preceded by
Charlie Randall
Republican nominee for Governor of Nebraska
1924, 1926
Succeeded by
Arthur J. Weaver
Political offices
Preceded by
Charles W. Bryan
Governor of Nebraska
Succeeded by
Arthur J. Weaver
Preceded by
Owen Brewster
Chair of the National Governors Association
Succeeded by
George Dern