James Sullivan, a well known and well established dealer in automobile supplies at Vallejo and a citizen of that
place for the past fifteen years, is a native of Ireland, born on the Emerald isle while his parents were there
on a visit, and was brought to America while a babe in arms, so that he regards himself all American save in the
incidental matter of birth, for all his conscious recollections are associated with this country. Mr. Sullivan
was born on March 4, 1854, and is a son of Patrick and Johanna (Hennessey) Sullivan, both now deceased and the
latter of whom was a daughter of that Patrick Hennessey, known in the history of settlement days in California,
during the days of the Spanish possession, who came to the coast with two Catholic priests in 1842 and established
a mission here. Both Patrick Sullivan and his wife had come to America with their respective parents in the days
of their youth and were married in the city of Albany, New York. While back on "the old sod" on a visit
their son James was born. They later established their home in Brooklyn, New York, and it was in that city that
James Sullivan was reared and had his schooling.
As a lad James Sullivan was apprenticed to a cooper and became a thoroughly qualified workman in that line. When
twenty one years of age he was appointed a member of the New York police force and for eleven years was thus engaged,
a valiant member of New York's "finest." He then became engaged in the distilling business, a line he
followed for some years, and then went to Chicago, where he became engaged in the hotel business and where he remained
until in 1911, when he closed out his interests in that city and came to the coast, locating at Vallejo, where
he ever since has made his home and where he is quite content to remain, for he has found conditions of living
here very much to his liking.
For two years after his arrival in Vallejo Mr. Sullivan was engaged in the hotel business in that city and then
he took up the line he since has followed, general automobile supplies, a business which he started on a modest
scale and has developed into the most considerable establishment of its sort in the city. In addition to carrying
at his place at 401-15 Sonoma street a full line of supplies for all makes of automobiles he makes a specialty
of wrecking old automobiles and has become the acknowledged leader in this line in this section, having built up
a fine business in that sort of salvage.
In 1891, while living in Chicago, James Sullivan was united in marriage to Miss Rosina Cooper, daughter of Rudolph
Cooper of that city, and they have a daughter, Josephine, wife of C. F. Brown of Los Angeles. Mr. and Mrs. Brown
have four children, lively grandchildren in whom Mr. and Mrs. Sullivan take much pride and delight. Mr. Sullivan
is a member of the Masonic order and has for years taken an earnest interest in the affairs of that ancient order.
History of Solano County, California
BY: Marguerite Hune
Napa County, California
BY: Harry Lawrence Gunn
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Solano County, CA
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