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Sullivan, George Henry "Geo. H."

Senate 1907-14 (District 31); Senate 1915-16 (District 43); Senate 1917-18 (District 43); Senate 1919-35 (District 43)

Party when first elected:  Republican

Counties Served:  Washington

BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

Date of Birth: 12/20/1867
Birth Place: Stillwater, Minnesota
Birth County: Washington
Birth Country: United States
Date of Death: 2/15/1935
Gender: Male
Religion:
Other Names: Geo. H.
City of Residence (when first elected): Stillwater
Occupation (when first elected): Practicing Law

EDUCATION

Stillwater Public Schools; Elementary School;
University of Wisconsin, Law School; Law Degree; June 20, 1888

OTHER GOVERNMENT SERVICE

County Attorney: Washington County, Minnesota; 1891 to 1??? [Elected]
Municipal Attorney: Stillwater, Minnesota (City Attorney); 1901 to 1907 [Appointed]
State Lieutenant Governor: Minnesota; 10/28/1916 to 01/02/1917

FAMILY RELATIONSHIPS

Spouse: Kittie E. Brand (married on September 4, 1889)
Children: Three children: Katherine E., Daniel C., and Goodrich M.
Family Members Who Have Served in the Minnesota Legislature:

GENERAL NOTES

He became lieutenant governor after the death of Governor Hammond on December 30, 1915 and Lt. Governor J.A.A. Burnquist's elevation to Governor. We note Sen. George H. Sullivan as Lt. Governor starting on October 28, 1916. However, the newspapers call Sen. Sullivan "Lieutenant Governor" as early as January 1916 (in describing the funeral procession of Gov. Hammond, etc.). An article from October 29, 1916 states that during the October 28 one-day special session, Sullivan was sworn in as lieutenant governor, marking his "official ascendancy" to the post.

He was a member of the Republican Party.

He died in Mahtomedi, Minnesota.

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Map of Stillwater
Stillwater, MN
Total Days Served: 10218

SESSIONS SERVED

49th Legislative Session (1935-1936)

  Session Details
Body: Senate
District: 43
Elected: 11/6/1934
Residence: Stillwater
Term of Office: 1/8/1935 to 2/15/1935 (unfinished term)
Counties Represented: Washington
Occupation: Practicing Law
Party: Nonpartisan Election
Committees:
  • Committees
  • Corporations
  • Judiciary
  • Labor
  • Markets and Marketing
  • Motor Vehicle and Motor Tax Laws
  • Public Domain
  • Public Highways
  • Reapportionment
  • Taxes and Tax Laws (Chair)
Reason for unfinished term: Death
Session Notes: He died while in office on February 15, 1935.

48th Legislative Session (1933-1934) (second half of Senate term)

  Session Details
Body: Senate
District: 43
Elected: 11/4/1930
Residence: Stillwater
Term of Office: 1/6/1931 to 1/7/1935
Counties Represented: Washington
Occupation: Practicing Law
Party: Nonpartisan Election
Committees:
  • Corporations
  • Judiciary
  • Markets and Marketing
  • Motor Vehicles and Motor Tax Laws
  • Public Domain
  • Public Highways
  • Reapportionment
  • Taxes and Tax Laws (Chair)

47th Legislative Session (1931-1932)

  Session Details
Body: Senate
District: 43
Elected: 11/4/1930
Residence: Stillwater
Term of Office: 1/6/1931 to 1/7/1935
Counties Represented: Washington
Occupation: Practicing Law
Party: Nonpartisan Election
Committees:
  • Civil Administration
  • Judiciary
  • Markets and Marketing
  • Motor Vehicles and Motor Tax Laws
  • Public Domain
  • Public Highways
  • Reapportionment
  • Taxes and Tax Laws (Chair)

46th Legislative Session (1929-1930) (second half of Senate term)

  Session Details
Body: Senate
District: 43
Elected: 11/2/1926
Residence: Stillwater
Term of Office: 1/4/1927 to 1/5/1931
Counties Represented: Washington
Occupation: Practicing Law
Party: Nonpartisan Election
Committees:
  • Civil Administration
  • Judiciary
  • Labor
  • Markets and Marketing
  • Motor Vehicles and Motor Tax Laws
  • Public Highways
  • Taxes and Tax Laws (Chair)

45th Legislative Session (1927-1928)

  Session Details
Body: Senate
District: 43
Elected: 11/2/1926
Residence: Stillwater
Term of Office: 1/4/1927 to 1/5/1931
Counties Represented: Washington
Occupation: Practicing Law
Party: Nonpartisan Election
Committees:
  • Civil Administration
  • Judiciary
  • Labor
  • Markets and Marketing
  • Motor Vehicles and Motor Tax Laws
  • Public Highways
  • Taxes and Tax Laws (Chair)

44th Legislative Session (1925-1926) (second half of Senate term)

  Session Details
Body: Senate
District: 43
Elected: 11/7/1922
Residence: Stillwater
Term of Office: 1/2/1923 to 1/3/1927
Counties Represented: Washington
Occupation: Practicing Law
Party: Nonpartisan Election
Committees:
  • Civil Administration
  • Judiciary
  • Markets and Marketing
  • Motor Vehicles and Motor Tax Laws
  • Public Highways
  • Taxes and Tax Laws (Chair)

43rd Legislative Session (1923-1924)

  Session Details
Body: Senate
District: 43
Elected: 11/7/1922
Residence: Stillwater
Term of Office: 1/2/1923 to 1/3/1927
Counties Represented: Washington
Occupation: Practicing Law
Party: Nonpartisan Election
Committees:
  • Judiciary
  • Markets and Marketing
  • Public Highways
  • Rules and Legislative Expense (Chair)
  • Soldiers Home
  • Taxes and Tax Laws

42nd Legislative Session (1921-1922) (second half of Senate term)

  Session Details
Body: Senate
District: 43
Elected: 2/20/1919
Residence: Stillwater
Term of Office: 2/24/1919 to 1/1/1923 (Special Election)
Counties Represented: Washington
Occupation: Practicing Law
Party: Nonpartisan Election
Committees:
  • Agriculture and Agricultural Markets
  • Judiciary
  • Public Domain
  • Public Institutions
  • Rules (Chair)
  • Soldiers Home
Session Notes: In the 1918 election, W.W. Wilcox's margin of victory over George Henry Sullivan was 43 votes. A recount occurred and W.W. Wilcox was found to have won by 35 votes. Wilcox was also charged with violations of the fair campaign practices act. After much debate, on January 31, 1919 the Senators declared the seat vacant. A special election was held, which Sullivan won.

41st Legislative Session (1919-1920)

  Session Details
Body: Senate
District: 43
Elected: 2/20/1919
Residence: Stillwater
Term of Office: 2/24/1919 to 1/1/1923 (Special Election)
Counties Represented: Washington
Occupation: Practicing Law
Party: Nonpartisan Election
Committees:
  • Dairy Products and Live Stock
  • Grain and Warehouse
  • Judiciary
  • Markets and Marketing
  • Public Domain
  • Public Institutions and Buildings
Session Notes: In the 1918 election, W.W. Wilcox's margin of victory over George Henry Sullivan was 43 votes. A recount occurred and W.W. Wilcox was found to have won by 35 votes. Wilcox was also charged with violations of the fair campaign practices act. After much debate, on January 31, 1919 the Senators declared the seat vacant. A special election was held, which Sullivan won.

40th Legislative Session (1917-1918) (second half of Senate term)

  Session Details
Body: Senate
District: 43
Elected: 11/3/1914
Residence: Stillwater
Term of Office: 1/5/1915 to 1/6/1919
Counties Represented: Washington
Occupation: Practicing Law
Party: Nonpartisan Election
Committees:
  • Civil Administration
  • Judiciary
  • Municipal Affairs (Chair)
  • Public Service Corporations
  • Taxes and Tax Laws

39th Legislative Session (1915-1916)

  Session Details
Body: Senate
District: 43
Elected: 11/3/1914
Residence: Stillwater
Term of Office: 1/5/1915 to 1/6/1919
Counties Represented: Washington
Occupation: Practicing Law
Party: Nonpartisan Election
Committees:
  • Judiciary
  • Judiciary Subcommittee: Negligence
  • Judiciary Subcommittee: Public Utilities
  • Judiciary Subcommittee: Tax Laws (Chair)
  • Municipal Affairs (Chair)
  • Public Service Corporations
Leadership Position: President Pro Tempore
Session Notes: On December 30, 1915, Governor Hammond died in office. Lt. Governor J.A.A. Burnquist became Governor upon his death. We note Sen. George H. Sullivan as Lt. Governor starting on October 28, 1916. However, the newspapers call Sen. Sullivan "Lieutenant Governor" as early as January 1916 (in describing the funeral procession of Gov. Hammond, etc.). An article from October 29, 1916 states that during the October 28 one-day special session, Sullivan was sworn in as lieutenant governor, marking his "official ascendancy" to the post.

38th Legislative Session (1913-1914) (second half of Senate term)

  Session Details
Body: Senate
District: 31
Elected: 11/8/1910
Residence: Stillwater
Term of Office: 1/3/1911 to 1/4/1915
Counties Represented: Washington
Occupation: Practicing Law
Party: Republican
Committees:
  • Claims
  • Forestry and Fire Protection
  • General Legislation
  • Hospitals for the Insane
  • Judiciary
  • Penal Institutions and Crimes (Chair)
  • Taxes and Tax Laws

37th Legislative Session (1911-1912)

  Session Details
Body: Senate
District: 31
Elected: 11/8/1910
Residence: Stillwater
Term of Office: 1/3/1911 to 1/4/1915
Counties Represented: Washington
Occupation: Practicing Law
Party: Republican
Committees:
  • Claims
  • Hospitals for Insane
  • Insurance
  • Judiciary
  • Logs and Lumber
  • Municipal Corporations (Chair)
  • State Prison
  • State Public Schools
  • Taxes and Tax Laws

36th Legislative Session (1909-1910) (second half of Senate term)

  Session Details
Body: Senate
District: 31
Elected: 11/6/1906
Residence: Stillwater
Term of Office: 1/8/1907 to 1/2/1911
Counties Represented: Washington
Occupation: Practicing Law
Party: Republican
Committees:
  • Corporations
  • Hospitals for Insane
  • Judiciary
  • Labor
  • Libraries
  • Logs and Lumber
  • State Prison (Chair)
  • State Training Schools
  • Taxes and Tax Laws

35th Legislative Session (1907-1908)

  Session Details
Body: Senate
District: 31
Elected: 11/6/1906
Residence: Stillwater
Term of Office: 1/8/1907 to 1/2/1911
Counties Represented: Washington
Occupation: Practicing Law
Party: Republican
Committees:
  • Corporations
  • Hospitals for Insane
  • Judiciary
  • Judiciary Subcommittee: Criminal Law
  • Judiciary Subcommittee: Municipal Corporations (Chair)
  • Judiciary Subcommittee: Probate Law
  • Judiciary Subcommittee: Tax Laws
  • Labor
  • Libraries
  • Logs and Lumber
  • State Prison (Chair)
  • State Training School
  • Taxes and Tax Laws