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John Turner Sargent Sullivan


"An American lawyer of Irish descent, and author of various songs and poems. Born in Boston, U.S.A., in 1813, and died there on December 30th, 1838." [David James O'Donoghue, The Poets of Ireland: A Biographical Dictionary 238-239 (London: Published by the author, 1892-93)]

"JOHN TURNER SARGENT SULLIVAN, son of William, was born in Boston in 1813, and was educated in Germany. He was admitted to the Suffolk bar in October, 1835, and practiced first in St. Louis and afterwards in Philadelphia. He was a superior linguist, a fine musician, an inimitable story teller and excellent conversationalist. . . . He died in Boston, December 30, 1848."

[William T. Davis, Bench and Bar of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts 286 (Boston: Boston History Co., 1885)(vol. 1)][online text]

[Note: The discrepancy in the given date of death by the two sources. We think the William T. Davis bio in Bench and Bar of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, a date used on the OCLC database is the more likely date of Sullivan's death. In Herringhsaw's Encyclopedia of American Biography of the Nineteenth Century 905 (Chicago: American Publishers' Assoc., 1898), we also find the date of death as December 30, 1838.]