Biography of Eugene J. Sullivan
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Eugene J. Sullivan, who is now serving his third term as city attorney, has made a commendable record in that office and has gained a reputation for devotion to the interests of the municipality. He was born in County Cork, Ireland, on the 22d of December, 1878, a son of John Sullivan, also a native of that county. In 1881 John Sullivan and a daughter came to the United States, but the mother, who bore the maiden name of Margaret Lynch, and the remainder of the family emigrated to the new world in 1883. The father is a retired railroad man living in Marengo and the mother is also living. They are the parents of five children, those other than our subject being: Mary, the wife of Dennis Sullivan, of Marengo; Annie; Margaret, the wife of John A. Pelzer; and Julia, the deceased wife of E. B. Sheridan.

Eugene J. Sullivan was educated in the public schools of Marengo and in 1899 was graduated from the high school. He taught school for one year and then entered the State University of Iowa, taking a three years' course in law, from which he was graduated in 1903. He worked his way through college and displayed those qualities of determination and power of concentration that have been largely instrumental in securing his professional success. In the fall after his graduation he opened a law office at Victor, Iowa, and practiced there until May, 1905, when he returned to Marengo and has since been in general practice here. He was elected city attorney and proved so efficient that he has been twice appointed to that position and is now serving his third term. He is also a member of the commission on insanity. His thorough training in the principles of the law and his skill in applying them to the exigencies of a case have gained him high rank at the bar of Iowa county and he not only has the confidence of the general public but also the respect of his brother attorneys.

Mr. Sullivan is a communicant of the Catholic church and is also identified with the Knights of Columbus and with the Ancient Order of United Workmen, in which he is a member of the grand lodge. He believes firmly in the prosperous future of Iowa and has invested in real estate, owning a third interest in a farm of three hundred and sixty acres located a mile and a half from Iowa City, and he also has property in Marengo.

From:
History of Iowa County, Iowa
And its People
By: James C. Dinwiddie
Vol II
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Chiago 1915


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