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An inheritance of the chivalrous traits characteristic of a long line of southern ancestors has given to Mr. Mauldin a personality reflecting the qualities of his gallant forefathers, while his almost lifelong association with the west has endowed him with the physical and mental attributes inbreathed with the air and sunshine of the Pacific coast. Supplementing other qualifications are the sagacious business judgment, the keen commercial sense and the quick comprehension of detail that presage success in an avenue of labor; and to the possession of these traits may be attributed much of his rise in the jewelry business in San Francisco, while the same qualities have assisted him in the profitable management of his personal holdings since his return to Sacramento, where now he devotes his entire attention to the oversight of his property interests.

The founder of the Mauldin family in California was Benjamin Francis Mauldin, who was born in Cecil county, Md., May 26, 1813, and received a fair education in that locality, where, May 5, 1845, he was united in marriage with Miss Millicent R. Brown, a daughter of Hugh Brown, one of the defenders of Baltimore. Their son, Hugh, was born at the family home in Cecil county February 9, 1848, and the second son, Lopez, was born in the same county during September of 1849. Mr. Mauldin joined General Lopez' filibustering expedition to Cuba, was dubbed colonel, and made his escape back to New Orleans and then up the Mississippi river. During 1850 he came to California by way of Panama and after landing at San Francisco in the month of July proceeded to Sacramento on the bark Winthrop. He was much pleased with the country, and the same fall returned to Maryland, in 1851 bringing his family and settling in Sacramento. Later he took up land and embarked in ranching pursuits. For a considerable period he devoted his attention closely to ranching, but during 1867 he leased his farm and removed to the city of Sacramento, where he interested himself in real estate and political enterprises. When somewhat advanced in years, but still very active in business, he died while on a trip to Montana, June 10, 1882. Through all of his life he had been loyal to the doctrines of the Methodist Episcopal church and to the principles of the Democratic party. He was a member of the Territorial Society of California Pioneers. His son, Lopez, who also settled in Sacramento, entered the government service as a mail carrier and continued in that capacity until his death, which occurred June 12, 1894. The third son. Brown, born in Sacramento in 1852, still makes his home in his native city.

After having completed the studies of the Sacramento grammar and high schools, Hugh Mauldin went to San Francisco and secured employment with the jewelry house of John W. Tucker. From a humble position he rose to be a trusted salesman and eventually was chosen manager of the establishment, which position he was filling at the time of his final resignation May 1, 1883. He then engaged in the manufacture of jewelry in San Francisco and later opened a jewelry store in Los Angeles. His place of business in the Bryson block was considered the finest of its kind in the state. Subsequently he returned to San Francisco, the headquarters of his jewelry operations, and tliere continued until 1894, when he returned to Sacramento to look after two large property interests, and has since made this his home. With his wife, formerly Miss Eve Gaylord, whom he married in San Francisco December 15, 1880, he has a host of warm personal friends among the most select social circles of Sacramento. Like his mother, he cherishes a deep devotion for the doctrines of the Methodist Episcopal denomination, and like his father he upholds Democratic tenets with his influence and ballot. 

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