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John Berchmans SULLIVAN

(1897-1951)

SULLIVAN, John Berchmans, (husband of Leonor Kretzer Sullivan), a Representative from Missouri; born in Sedalia, Pettis County, Mo., October 10, 1897; attended St. Patrick’s parochial school in Sedalia, Mo.; moved to St. Louis, Mo., in 1910; was graduated from Gonzaga Hall (St. Louis University High School) in 1914 and from St. Louis University in 1918; during the First World War enlisted in the United States Army and served as a private in the Infantry; was graduated from the law department of the St. Louis University in 1922; was admitted to the bar in 1921 and commenced practice in St. Louis, Mo.; delegate to the Democratic State conventions in 1928, 1932, and 1940; associate city counselor of St. Louis 1936-1938; secretary to the mayor of St. Louis 1938-1940; elected as a Democrat to the Seventy-seventh Congress (January 3, 1941-January 3, 1943); unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1942 to the Seventy-eighth Congress; elected to the Seventy-ninth Congress (January 3, 1945-January 3, 1947); unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1946 to the Eightieth Congress; special assistant to the United States Attorney General in 1947 and 1948; elected to the Eighty-first and Eighty-second Congresses and served from January 3, 1949, until his death in Bethesda, Md., January 29, 1951; interment in Calvary Cemetery, St. Louis, Mo.

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

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