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 ANDREW JOHN SULLIVAN. The life of Andrew J. Sullivan, the well-known merchant of Great Falls, has been such as to elicit just praise from those who know him best, owing to the fact that he has always been true to the trusts reposed in him and has been upright in his dealings with his fellow men, at the same time lending his support to the promotion of any cause looking to the advancement of the interests of the community at large.
  Andrew J. Sullivan was born in Petersboro, New York, on the 31st day of March, 1860, and is the son of Jerry and Mary Sullivan. Jerry Sullivan was born in Ireland, and died in 1906, at the age of eighty-eight years. In young manhood he came to the United States by sailing vessel, and after arriving in this country first followed his trade, that of a shoemaker. Later he located in Madison County, New York, where he engaged in farming, and there spent his remaining days. In politics he was first a Whig and on the dissolution of that party and the formation of the republican party he aligned himself with the new party. Jerry Sullivan was married in Petersboro, New York His wife was a native of England, and died in 1912, at the age of eighty-two years. They became the parents of three children, all of whom are living and of whom the subject is the eldest.
  Andrew J. Sullivan was reared on the home farm and attended the district school during the winter months. When eighteen years of age he engaged in teaching school in New York State, after which he took up teaming on railroad contract work In March, 1890, Mr. Sullivan came to Great Falls and was first employed in carrying brick. Later he engaged in teaching school and was employed as an instructor in McKay's Business College. He then entered into a partnership with W. G Stark, and from 1892 to 1906 they were engaged in the hardware and furniture business, enjoying a large patronage and carrying a large and well selected stock of goods. In the year last mentioned Mr. Sullivan bought his partner's interest in the business, of which he has since been sole owner. His courteous treatment of his customers and the high quality of the goods he carries have attracted to his store a representative patronage and he is now conducting one of the leading stores in his line in Great Falls.
  On January 21, 1896, Mr. Sullivan was married to Catherine McCarrick, who was born in St. Paul, Minnesota, but whose death occurred in 1908. They became the parents of two daughters, Helena and Florence.
  Politically Mr. Sullivan has been a consistent supporter of the republican party and has taken an intelligent interest in local public affairs. He served three terms as alderman from the Second Ward, and since 1918 he has been giving efficient service as police commissioner. Fraternally he is a member of the Woodmen of the World, the Fraternal Order of Eagles and the Knights of Columbus. The record of Mr. Sullivan, as outlined above, contains no exciting chapter of tragic events, but is replete with well-defined purposes which, carried to successful issue, have won for him an influential place in business circles and high personal standing among his fellow citizens.

Anonymous. Montana, its story and biography : a history of aboriginal and territorial Montana and three decades of statehood. Chicago: American Historical Society, 1921, volume 2, p. 615. 



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