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James Bull


Alanson Bull and his wife Hannah had six children. James G. Bull was born in Clintonville in 1838. He served as Mayor of Columbus from 1865 to 1868 and again from 1871 to 1874. In his first term of office, he assisted the New York City police department in capturing a fugitive who had killed a policeman and fled to Columbus. John Cahill had been on the lam for approximately 18 months when Bull authorized his return to New York City. He was tried and convicted. During his second term in office, Mayor Bull organized the Columbus Metropolitan Police Department. In addition, he authorized a special election to decide if the City would spend $200,000 taxpayer dollars to build a private railroad to be known as the Scioto Valley and Columbus and Ferrara railroad. The people approved the expenditure.


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