Frank S. Sullivan, county attorney of Meade county, and a prominent citizen of Meade, accompanied his parents to this state in 1880, when but seven years of age, and ever since has been a loyal Kansan, energetic and ambitious not only for a personal success, but for the development and progress of his state as well. He was born May 18, 1873, on a farm in Adair county, Iowa. His public school education, received in Norton and Phillips counties, Kansas, was supplemented by a course at Southwestern Business College, Wichita, after which he was a teacher and a stenographer for twelve years, reading law in the meantime. During 1896 and 1897 he was editor of the "Educational Echo," at Norton, Kan. In 1902 he removed to Meade county, and for two and a half years was a stenographer at Plains. He was admitted to the Meade county bar in 1903, and in 1904 was nominated on the Democratic ticket for county attorney of Meade county and was elected. He has twice since been reëlected to that office. He is also city attorney of Meade, to which office he was appointed in 1909. While a resident of Norton county he served as a justice of the peace in 1898 and was associate school examiner for that county in 1898 and 1899. Fraternally he is a member of the time-honored Masonic order, the Independent Order of Odd Fellows and the Knights of Pythias.
Mr. Sullivan descends from Irish ancestors. His parents, John P. and Rachel (Hovies) Sullivan, were both natives of Lawrence county, Indiana, where the former was born, Oct. 15, 1827, and the latter on April 8, 1831. The father still survives, full of years, and resides at Logan, Kan., but the mother passed away at Logan, on Jan. 31, 1901. The parents of each were Kentuckians by birth. John P. Sullivan was a wagon maker earlier in his career, but his later years were given to agricultural pursuits. He is one of the few surviving (1911) veterans of the Mexican war, in which he served as a corporal of Company G, Fourth Indiana infantry, and was promoted to sergeant. After that war he farmed in Lawrence county, Indiana, until 1850, when he removed to Clark county, Iowa, and followed the same occupation for two years, then removed to Adair county, Iowa, where he resided for twenty-five years. In 1876 he removed to Saline county, Nebraska, but in 1881 he crossed the border into Phillips County, Kansas, and there engaged in farming until 1895, when he retired and removed to Logan, his present residence. In the Civil war he was the captain of a home guard company at Greenfield, Iowa. John P. and Rachel Sullivan became the parents of nine children, six sons and three daughters, as follows: Sarah E., born in 1850, married Samuel M. Kendrick, a veteran of the Civil war, in which he served as the sergeant of an Iowa cavalry regiment; he is now a teacher and a farmer in Norton county, Kansas, his wife also having been a teacher prior to her marriage; James H., born in 1852, who is now a real estate broker at Logan, Kan.; William P., born in 1854, a graduate of the Nebraska State University, who was county superintendent of Thomas county, Kansas, in 1888-1890, and now resides at Fairfield, Iowa; Jennie May, born in 1856, is now the wife of Clayton H. Perswell, who served in an Oklahoma regiment during the Spanish-American war and now lives at Chandler, Okla.; John P. S., born in 1860, who is now a farmer in Norton county, Kansas; Dr. Stephen W. Sullivan, born in 1862, who graduated from the Marion-Sims Medical College, of St. Louis, Mo., and is now a successful practitioner at Almena, Kan.; Thomas M., born April 4, 1865, who graduated from the law department of the University of Kansas, in the class of 1891, was county attorney of Phillips county, Kansas, from 1906 to 1908, and is now practicing law at Logan, Kan.; Mary F., born in 1868, taught school eight years in Norton and Phillips counties, Kansas, before her marriage, in 1897, to W. L. Porter, now of Logan, Kan.; and Frank S. Sullivan, the youngest of the family and the subject of this review.
Mr. Sullivan was married, March 31, 1893, to Myrtle J. Ward, a daughter of G. W. Ward and wife, of Plains, Kan., to whom she was born in Doniphan county, Kansas, on Oct. 28, 1878. Mr. and Mrs. Sullivan have three children, namely: John Parker, born Oct. 8, 1904; Lenore Irene, born Nov. 3, 1906; and Kathleen, born March 16, 1910.Pages 1439-1440 from volume III, part 2 of Kansas: a cyclopedia of state history, embracing events, institutions, industries, counties, cities, towns, prominent persons, etc. ... / with a supplementary volume devoted to selected personal history and reminiscence. Standard Pub. Co. Chicago : 1912. 3 v. in 4. : front., ill., ports.; 28 cm. Vols. I-II edited by Frank W. Blackmar. Transcribed December 2002 by Carolyn Ward. This volume is identified at the Kansas State Historical Society as microfilm LM195. It is a two-part volume 3.
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