Eustace Mullins (1923-2010)

Eustace Mullins (1923-2010)

Eustace Mullins (1923-2010)

Eustace Clarence Mullins, Jr. was born in Roanoke, Virginia, the third child of Eustace Clarence Mullins (1899–1961) and his wife Jane Katherine Muse (1897–1971). His father was a salesman in a retail clothing store. He was educated at Washington and Lee University, New York University, the University of North Dakota and the Institute of Contemporary Arts in Washington, D.C.

In December 1942 he enlisted in the military as a Warrant Officer at Charlottesville, Virginia. He was a veteran of the United States Army Air Forces, serving thirty-eight months during World War II.

In 1949 Mullins worked at the Institute for Contemporary Arts in Washington, D.C. where he met Ezra Pound’s wife Dorothy who introduced him to her husband. Pound was at the time incarcerated in St. Elizabeths Hospital for the Mentally Ill. Mullins frequently visited the poet and for a time acted as secretary to him. Later, he wrote a biography, This Difficult Individual Ezra Pound (1961), which literary critic Ira Nadel describes as “prejudiced and often melodramatic”.[4] According to Mullins it was Pound who set him on the course of research that led to his writing The Secrets of The Federal Reserve.[5]

He became a researcher at the Library of Congress in 1950 and worked with Senator Joseph McCarthy investigating Communist Party funding sources.[6] He later stated that he believed McCarthy had “started to turn the tide against world communism”.[7] Shortly after his first book came out in 1952, he was discharged by the Library of Congress.[8]

In 1956 Mullins sued his former employer, the American Petroleum Industries Committee (APIC), for breach of contract. He claimed that he had been hired in 1953 to engage in a sub rosa project to undermine Zionism. APIC denied Mullins’s charge, stating that it was “preposterous and without foundation.”[9]

Eustace Mullins’s home at 126 Madison Place in Staunton, Virginia

In the 1950s, Mullins began his career as an author writing for Conde McGinley’s newspaper Common Sense,[10] which promoted the second edition of his book on the Federal Reserve, entitled The Federal Reserve Conspiracy (1954). Around this time, he also wrote for Lyrl Clark Van Hyning’s Chicago-based newsletter, Women’s Voice. He was a member of the National Renaissance Party[11] and wrote for its journal, The National Renaissance.[12] In 1995, he was writing for Criminal Politics.[13] Mullins was on the editorial staff of the American Free Press and became a contributing editor to the Barnes Review, both published by Willis Carto’s Liberty Lobby.[14]

Mullins lived in Staunton, Virginia, in the house at 126 Madison Place[15] where he grew up, from the mid 1970s through the end of his life.