Biography of J. R. Sullivan
Oswego County, NY Biographies





J. R. Sullivan. - Closely connected with the business life of Fulton for many years is J. R. Sullivan, one of the city's leading merchants. He was born at Holyoke, Mass., Oct. 10, 1862, the son of John J. and Julia (Barry) Sullivan.

John J. Sullivan and his wife were natives of Ireland. Their marriage took place at Holyoke, Mass., and they shortly afterward located at Fulton, where Mr. Sullivan was employed by the American Woolen Mills. He died in 1876 at the age of 38 years. His wife died in 1912. Both are buried in Fulton. Their children were: 1. Ellen, married Thomas McGovern, lives at Fulton. 2. J. R., the subject of this sketch. 3. Mary Jane, resides in Fulton. 4. Margaret, married John Goss, lives at Fulton. 5. Dennis M., deceased. He was well known as a druggist at Fulton for many years.

J. R. Sullivan attended the Fulton public schools, until he was 16 years of age, when he became a clerk in the dry goods store of B. R. Howe, until 1886, and in that year engaged in business for himself at Fulton. He located in his present place of business in 1889, and until 1927 was the city's most successful dry goods merchant and furniture dealer. In that year he disposed of his dry goods stock and has since handled only furniture, rugs, linoleums, and draperies.

In 1909 Mr. Sullivan was united in marriage with Mrs. Anne Satterlee, a native of Providence, R. I., the daughter of Thomas and Helen O'Neil. They have a son, John R., Jr., who attends Cornwall-on-the-Hudson Military Academy.

Mr. Sullivan is a Democrat and served as postmaster of Oswego Falls, now the city of Fulton, for eight years, from 1884 the first time, until 1888, under President Cleveland and during President Cleveland's second administration. Mr. Sullivan again served as postmaster of Oswego Falls from 1892 until 1896. He is a member of Holy Family Catholic Church, and belongs to the Rotary Club, Knights of Columbus, 4th degree, Elks Lodge, Citizens Club, and Chamber of Commerce. Mr. Sullivan also was a member of the local board of education for 12 years.

Mr. Sullivan has also been vice president of the Oswego County Trust Company at Fulton for a number of years, and is a director of the institution, also a trustee of the Fulton Savings Bank for a number of years.

From:

The North Country
A History, Embracing
Jefferson, St. Lawrence, Oswego, Lewis
and Franklin Counties, New York.
By: Harry F. Landon
Historical Publishing Company
Indianopolis, Indiana 1932


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