Biography of Cornelius Sullivan
Bristol County, MA Biographies

Sullivan, Cornelius, son of Jeremiah and Hanorab (Sullivan) Sullivan, was born in the county of Cork, Ireland, November 1, 1850. He attended a school taught by an elder brother and worked oii his father's farm until he was sixteen years old, at which time he came to America, settling in Hancock, Mich. He worked in the copper mines in that vicinity for a period of four years and in 1871 came to Fall River. He decided to learn the stone cutting trade, and with this end in view entered the employ of Gillinan Bros, Charlestown, Mass., with whom he remained three years. He then engaged in journeyman work, and while working on the American Linen Mill received an injury which destroyed the sight of one eye, and rendered him unfit to follow his trade. Upon his recovery he went into the coal office of Edward Barrett as bookkeeper and after a service of two years entered the employ of Quinlan, Leary & Company, wholesale liquor dealers. In 1886 he engaged in this business for himself, first locating on Plymouth avenue; thence removing to the corner of Second and Wade streets, and thence to his present location at the intersection of Rodman and Main streets. Mr. Sullivan has had a remarkable record as a member of the Board of Aldermen, having served for ten consecutive years. He was first elected in 1886 from the Fourth ward. In March, 1898, he was elected by joint convention as water commissioner for a term of three years. He is a member of the Knights of Pythias, the Clover Club, Ancient Order of Hibernians, and the Celtic Literary Association. He is regarded in business circles as a man of sound principles and financial integrity. November 5. 1873, he married Julia, daughter of Timothy Murphy of Fall River, and they have nine children: Timothy J Annie F., Mary Elizabeth, Boetius, Matilda, Cornelius, jr., Jeremiah Augustus, Willjam Matthew and Alfred.

Our county and its people
A descriptive and biographical history of
Bristol County, Massachusetts
Prepaired and published under the auspices of
The Fall River News and The Taunton Gasette
With assistance of Hon. Alanson Borden
The Boston History Company, Publishers, 1899.

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