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DANIEL D. SULLIVAN

A complete enumeration of the citizens identified with the material advancement of Sacramento associated with the progress of the Republican party in the community and helpful in the interests of labor throughout the state, could not fail to include and give prominence to the name of Daniel D. Sullivan, who for many years has been connected with the state printing office. In many respects a list of his activities is also a list of measures for the growth of Sacramento. His enterprises have been varied, but always for the betterment of local conditions. His activities have been large, but never for any movement not calculated to develop the permanent welfare of the region. While aiding civic and district projects, he has not lost sight of individual needs, but has been active in his aid to charitable organizations and in his personal help to the poor. As chairman of the police and fire commission, and as a member of the committee on safety and health, he has conserved the interests of the people, and his citizenship has been further made valuable through his service as a member of the committee that outlined the park system at Haggin grant, a subdivision adjoining Sacramento on the north.

Born in New York City in 1859, Daniel D. Sullivan is a member of a family that included ten children, whose parents, Jeremiah J. and Annie (Boucher) Sullivan, were natives respectfully of New York and New Jersey. For years the father followed the trade of a baker in New York City, but during the Civil war he left his business and liis home in order to aid the Union. For three years he served with fidelity and took part in all the engagements of his regiment during that period, but finally a severe wound incapacitated him for further service, and he then received an honorable discharge. Some time after his discharge he determined to leave the east for the newer fields of the far distant west. About that time the railroad was being completed across the continent and public interest was aroused in the development of the coast regions.

The family established a home at Sacramento during 1868 and the father found employment as a baker, but after five years he removed to San Francisco, where he was made foreman of a cracker factory. That position he continued to fill until 1882. Both he and his wife died in San Francisco during the year 1901. Instead of join- ing the family in the coast city, Daniel D. Sullivan remained in Sacramento, and in 1882 he entered the state printing office, where he learned the trade of a pressman. From that time to the present he has been in the same office, and since 1895 he has held the position of foreman of the press department, where he has twenty men under him and where he is responsible for much work of great importance. His eldest son, Elmo D., who married Celia Morton, is also a skilled printer, and is now employed by the Star Publishing Company of Sacramento. The other children, Athol P., Merced, Loraine, Gertrude E. and Frank, are still living at home.

At the time of the organization of the State Federation of Labor Mr. Sullivan actively assisted in promoting the same and from the outset he was one of the officers. For three terms he was honored with the presidency, being the only man to whom has been given the distinction of filling the important office for three terms. At this writing he is president of the Sacramento Federation of Trades Council. As one of the founders of Labor Temple, he took a prominent part in a movement of enduring importance to the cause of labor in the capital city. Elected the first treasurer of the Temple, he still fills the office, and in addition he has been a member of its board of directors ever since the start. For three terms he was honored with the presidency of the Sacramento Press Union, and in 1907 he served as a delegate to the National Convention of Pressmen at Brighton Beach. For years he has been a member of the Sacramento Chamber of Commerce, and allusion previously has been made to his work as a member of its committees. As a member of the state central committee since 1898 he has exerted his influence for the upbuilding of the Republican party, as he has also when serving as a delegate to every state convention of the party held since 1899. In addition, he was honored by being chosen delegate from the fourth district to the national Republican convention at Chicago in 1904 that nominated Theodore Roosevelt for the presidency. As a progressive worker in the party, he has been in sympathy with the platform and principles of that renowned party leader. The Eagles and Elks number him among their members, being a life member of the Elks, but his interest in fraternities is less engrossing than that in public affairs and in labor problems. Accordingly, we find that it is in these two departments of citizenship that he finds his most engrossing activities and has reached his greatest influence. 


Source:
History of Sacramento County, California
Biographical Sketches of The Leading Men and Women of the County Who Have Been Identified With Its Growth and Development from the Early Days to the Present
History By: William L. Willis
Historic Record Company, Los Angeles, California (1913)

Transcribed by Peggy Hooper 2011