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James SULLIVAN

(1744-1808)

SULLIVAN, James, (brother of John Sullivan and uncle of George Sullivan), a Delegate from Massachusetts; born in Berwick, Maine (then a part of Massachusetts), April 22, 1744; completed preparatory studies; studied law; was admitted to the bar about 1782 and commenced practice in Biddeford; King’s attorney for York County; active in pre-Revolutionary movements; member of the Provincial Congress of Massachusetts in 1774 and 1775; member of the general court in 1775 and 1776; justice of the superior court 1776-1782; elected to the Continental Congress in 1782 and 1783 but did not attend; member of the executive council in 1787; judge of probate for Suffolk County in 1788; state attorney general 1790-1807; governor of Massachusetts in 1807 and 1808; died in Boston, Mass., December 10, 1808; interment in Central Boston Common Cemetery.

Bibliography

Sprague, John Francis. Three Men from Maine: Sir William Pepperrell, Sir William Phips, James Sullivan. And A Bit of Old England in New England by Bertram E. Packard. Dover-Foxcroft, Maine: Sprague’s Journal of Maine History, 1924.

Source: Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1771-Present

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