John Sullivan, lawyer, Woodman, and Democrat, was born
February 10, 1864, at Louisville, Kas. His father, who was of
Irish birth, was a prominent farmer and stock-raiser in Central
Kansas, removing to that State from Connecticut in 1857. His
mother, a native of Wisconsin, was of German parentage. His
education was obtained in the common schools of Potawatomie County,
Kansas and later at the State University at Lawrence, where he
graduated in law in June 1887. He is a member of the alumni of
the Kansas State University.
In 1887 Mr. Sullivan came to Kansas City to
practice law, and he has occupied the same office for fourteen years,
ten years of that period having been associated with Thomas M.
Spofford. Mr. Sullivan has always taken a great interest in
politics, having campaigned the State several times, but he has never
been a candidate for any political office. He was appointed as a
representative of the United States Treasury Department in the
construction of the Kansas City Federal building, and he is proud of
the distinction of having been the first man to be removed on the day
following the election of William McKinley in 1896. His offense
in the eyes of the Cleveland administration was too great activity in campaigning
on behalf of William Jennings Bryan.