Biography of John J. Sullivan
Cuyahoga County, OH Biographies

JOHN J. SULLIVAN, judge of the Court of Appeals, was born October 25, 1860, in New York City, and moved to Trumbull County, Ohio, when a mere lad, where he was brought up on a farm, and educated in the district schools and the old Gustavus Academy.

His parents immigrated to New York from Kanturk, County Cork, Ireland, where they were born, and his father was Daniel J. Sullivan, and his mother, Mary (Sheehan) Sullivan, and the subject of this sketch was. one of nine children born of said parents, who died when he was a mere lad.

He taught school and was city editor of the Warren Daily Chronicle, Warren, Ohio, studied law and was admitted to the bar by the Supreme Court of Ohio, October of 1885, and began practicing in Warren, Ohio. He served as prosecuting attorney, Trumbull County, for two terms, and represented the Twenty third District of Ohio in the State Senate for two terms. He served nine years as United States attorney for the Northern District of Ohio, having been appointed first by President McKinley, and afterwards by President Roosevelt. He was a delegate to the Republican National Convention from the Cleveland District in 1912, and a delegate at large to the National Progressive Convention held in 1912, which nominated Theodore Roosevelt for president. In 1916 he was a delegate at large to the Republican National Convention when Mr. Hughes was nominated for president.

During his incumbency of the United States attorney's office, he prosecuted and convicted in the famous case of the United States vs. Cassie Chadwick of frenzied finance fame, and appeared in many other notable cases.

While a member of the Ohio Senate he made the nominating speeches presenting the name of Senator Foraker in 1896 and. Senator Hanna in 1898, for the office of United States Senator from Ohio.

He was appointed by the governor to the office of judge of the Court of Appeals for the Eighth District of Ohio in 1921, and was unanimously nominated and reelected for a term of six years to the bench of the Court of Appeals in 1922, which position he is now holding.

With the exception of his incumbency in office, he has been in active practice of the law in Warren and Cleveland, Ohio, thirty six years, both in State and Federal courts.

He is now president of the Cleveland Law Library Association and the Tippecanoe Club, and is serving his fourth term as president of the Cleveland Bar Association. He was elected a delegate from the Ohio Bar Association to the Philadelphia and London, England, sessions of the American bar.

He was married December 28, 1886, to Olive Tayler Sullivan, daughter of M. B. Tayler, pioneer banker of Warren, Ohio, and two daughters were born of said marriage, Miss Adaline Tayler Sullivan and Miss Mary Tayler Sullivan, and the family resides at 1497 East One Hundred Eighth Street, Cleveland, Ohio.

A History of Cuyahoga County
and the City of Cleveland
By: William R. Coates
The American Historical Society
Chicago and New York, 1924

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