Biography of Mark A. Sullivan
Bristol County, MA Biographies

Sullivan, Mark A., painter, contractor and merchant, a son of John and Mary (Harrington) Sullivan, was born in Wareham, Plymouth county, Mass., January 27, 1849. His parents, who came from County Cork, Ireland, died when he was young, and his educational advantages were limited to less than two years in school. When a small boy he worked on a farm for two years, then was employed in the iron works at Wareham until November, 1864, and then enlisted for one year in the 26th Unattached Company, Mass. Vols. He was in the service six months when the war closed, and in 1865 he came to Fall River, worked in Eddy's Woolen Mill in the picker room for a short time, and then assisted in the erection of the Union and the Tecumseh Cotton Mills. He later learned the painter's trade under Raymond Bolger, and in 1872 formed a copartnership in the painting business under the firm name of Peckham, Sherwin & Sullivan, which was dissolved three years later, the business being continued by Mr. Sullivan. In 1876 he admitted P. P. Morris (Sullivan & Morris). This firm continued until 1881, and since that date Mr. Sullivan has conducted the business alone, employing regularly about forty workmen. He was located on Spring street until June, 1888, when he moved to 275 South Main street, which property, together with D. D. Sullivan and Robert Howard, he bought in 1889. He owns thirty one tenement houses in Fall River, and does a large business in painting and papering houses, and also in portrait painting, crayon drawings and water color pictures. By close attention to his duties he has prospered in life. In 1874 he married Eleanor, daughter of Richard and Bridget Clark of Dighton, Mass. They had four children: Emma F., Frank M., Helena and Charles; only one, Helena, is now living.

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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