Biography of John J. Sullivan
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Sullivan, John J., was born in Albany, August, 10, 1858. He was the son of Cornelius and Mary (Crowley) Sullivan, both born in Ireland, and came to this country in 1849, located in New York city, but finally came to Albany where Mr. Sullivan worked at the carpenter's trade. He died October 18, 1888. His wife died April 20, 1892. They had a family of seven sons and two daughters. John J. Sullivan was reared and educated in St. John's Parish and the Brothers' School. When ten years of age he was employed by Bell & Ledger as errand boy, and before he was yet eleven he was traveling salesman, the youngest on record. He supported the family, his father being sick. He continued with this firm as traveling salesman for fourteen years, he was then employed with Graham Martin of Albany for three years, and in 1885 started a general house furnishing store in Albany, and continued in that business until April 1, 1889, when he engaged in the undertaking isiness and has been very successful. Mr. Sullivan has a fine residence on the corner of Broadway and Fourth avenue, and has also property in East Albany. Mr. Sullivan was first married in 1884 to Mary Rochford by whom he had two children: Lottie and Thomas (both deceased). Mrs. Sullivan died March 19, 1891, and in June, 1893, he married Nellie Lynch of Greenbush, a daughter of John and Mary (Hannon) Lynch, both born in Ireland, came to the United States when children, and were here married in Greenish where they now reside. They have had ten children: Francis J. is now chief of police in Greenish. Mr. Sullivan together with his undertaking business has a well stocked livery stable. He is one of the best funeral directors in the State and is a graduate of three of the best embalming colleges in this country. He is perfectly honest and enjoys the respect and confidence of all who have the pleasure of his acquaintance.

From:
Landmarks of Rensselaer County
BY: George Baker Aaderson
Published By: D. Mason & Co. Publishers
Syracuse, NY 1897


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