Mulkey, Abe (1850–1919)

By: C. A. Bridges

Type: Biography

Published: 1952

Updated: April 1, 1995

Abe Mulkey was born at Columbus, Arkansas, on April 14, 1850. He moved to Texas in 1864 and for several years was a grocer at Waxahachie and Corsicana. In 1896 he married Pratt Louisa Kerr of Corsicana. He entered the Methodist ministry in 1885 and soon became an active and effective evangelist. He held revival meetings in almost every important town and city in Texas and in eighteen or twenty other states. Ten years before his death he was credited with 548 revivals, 16,444 sermons, and 54,084 conversions. He had raised money to build or to pay off the debts of scores of churches. He was especially interested in the Methodist orphanage at Waco, for which he repeatedly raised funds. He died on April 5, 1919, and was buried at Corsicana, his home for fifty years.

Dallas Morning News, April 6, 1919. Abe Mulkey, Abe Mulkey's Budget, No. 2 (Corsicana, Texas: Sunlight, 1909).
  • Religion
  • Methodist

The following, adapted from the Chicago Manual of Style, 15th edition, is the preferred citation for this entry.

C. A. Bridges, “Mulkey, Abe,” Handbook of Texas Online, accessed July 06, 2022,

Published by the Texas State Historical Association.

April 1, 1995