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Possessed of a magnetic and pleasing personality, as well as an intense power of concentration of energy, Mr. Hullin is peculiarly fitted for his duties as superintendent of the Sacramento Street Rai way Company, a position requiring a high degree of tact, ability and diplomacy, and by his fair judgment and impartial favor enjoys the esteem of all with whom he is associated. The youngest son of George and Margaret (Barry) Hullin, the latter natives of Swansea, Wales, and London, England, respectively, Nicholas J. Hullin 's birth occurred in Onehunga, New Zealand, February 19, 1860. When a babe he removed with his parents to Australia, and upon reaching school age attended private school in Sydney, and afterward in the Society Islands, but soon returned to Sydney. It was in 1879 that he came to San Francisco, Cal., where he served for a time as machinist with the Risdon Iron works, and the experience acquired during this employment has proved of great value to him through life, serving as a stepping stone to increased success. As a road machinist he was in the service of the Market Street Railway Company of San Francisco from 1882 until five years later, when he accepted a position as machinist with the Sutter Street Railway Company of San Francisco. Resigning the latter position in 1891, he entered the service of the Piedmont Cable Company of Oakland, Cal., serving first as machinist and after eight months' service being promoted to master mechanic and superintendent of track construction. In 1896 he came to Sacramento, having accepted a position with the Sacramento Street Railway Company, serving first as construction foreman, and a year later became superintendent of track construction, filling this position acceptably and faithfully until his appointment to his present position as general superintendent in August, 1910.

Mr. Hullin's marriage took place in San Francisco, on April 24, 1884, when he was united with Miss Marie Menjou, a native of Pau, France, whose parents, Pierre and Claire (Vigneau) Menjou, were natives of Basses-Pyrenees, France. Five children blessed this mar- riage. Claire is the eldest. Nicholas is a machinist for the Pacific Gas and Electric Company. Albert is timekeeper and construction clerk for the same organization. Philip and Dorothy are students in the Sacramento public school.

Mr. Hullin has been identified with the Masonic fraternity for the past nine years, holding membership in Sacramento Lodge No. 40, F. & A. M., which in 1909 he served as master. He is also a thirty- second degree Scottish Rite Mason and a member of Islam Temple, N. M. S., of San Francisco. He is a past chancellor commander of the Knights of Pythias, and is a member of the Confidence Lodge of that order, and is also a member of Court Twin Peaks, A. 0. F., in San Francisco. An ardent Republican in his political views, he believes in the principles of that party, and in a broad-minded and practical manner lends his aid to the community, his citizenship being beyond censure. He is widely known as a stanch supporter of all enterprises relating to the public good. 

History of Sacramento County, California
Biographical Sketches of The Leading Men and Women of the County Who Have Been Identified With Its Growth and Development from the Early Days to the Present
History By: William L. Willis
Historic Record Company, Los Angeles, California (1913)

Transcribed by Peggy Hooper 2011