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JOHN W. SULLIVAN
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
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