SURNAMES  O'Sullivan, Ruger,

A native son of California who has chosen the professional life of an attorney for his career and who has held a number of positions of responsibility in the city of San Jose, is John W. Sullivan, who was born on August 15, 1864, San Jose being his birthplace. He was the son of Patrick and Elizabeth (O'Sullivan) Sullivan, who came to California during the early days of 1860. It was pioneers, such as these, who helped in the building of this great commonwealth and through their indomitable courage and work made possible all the comforts and luxuries that the present generation now enjoys.

 Both parents passed to their reward some time ago. John W. Sullivan received his education in the public schools of San Jose, graduating from the grammar school and then entering the state Normal; he also graduated from that institution May 22, 1884, and taught school for a number of years, studying law in the meantime. He was admitted to the bar on May 4, 1886, and practiced law in San Jose for awhile and then went to Los Angeles, and San Fernando, where he taught school for a year. Going on to San Diego he entered the law firm of Hunsaker and Britt, remaining with them a year. The next three years were spent in Mexico and on his return he went to Plumas County and taught school for two years. He then ran for the office of district attorney during the election of 1894, but was defeated and returning to San Jose in the fall of 1894 again began practicing law and has since given his time to the legal profession. He served as city attorney of San Jose during the years of 1912-14 under the administration of Mayor Monahan.

Mr.Sullivan's marriage, which occurred on May 7, 1904, united him with Miss Jane Ruger, and they are the parents of four children; John, Jane, Henry and Sophia.

Nearly all of Mr. Sullivan's life has been spent in Santa Clara County and all of his energy and enthusiasm has been given to its development, commercially, socially and morally. He is well and favorably known and has a large clientele, maintaining offices in the Ryland Building. He has been president of the Santa Clara County Bar Association for the past two years and is a member of the State Bar Association and also of San Jose Parlor No. 22, Native Sons of the Golden West, of which he is a past president.

Transcribed by Marie Clayton, from Eugene T. Sawyers' History of Santa Clara County,California,  published by Historic Record Co. , 1922. page 468