E. Y. Mullins was born on 5 January 1860 in Franklin County, Mississippi, the fourth of eleven children. The son and grandson of Baptist ministers, at the age of sixteen Mullins entered the Agricultural and Mechanical College of Texas and graduated in 1879. He experienced an evangelical “conversion” the next year, was baptized by his father, and within a year was studying for the ministry at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky. Upon graduation in 1885, he served pastorates in Harrodsburg, Kentucky (1885–8), Baltimore, Maryland (1888–95), and after a brief stint with his denomination's mission board, served his final pastorate in Newton Centre, Massachusetts (1896–9). He left Massachusetts to return to the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary as the school's fourth president in 1899 and served until his death. Mullins died on 23 November 1928 in Louisville, Kentucky.
From The Dictionary of Modern American Philosophers in Oxford Reference.