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HON. THEODORE SULLIVAN, son of Samuel and Maria (Crook) Sullivan, was born in Montgomery County, Ohio, in March, 1843. His grandfather, James Sullivan, emigrated from the South at an early day and settled in Clark County, this state, where the father of our subject was born. Samuel and Maria Sullivan were blessed with eleven children, of whom Theodore was the third. He attended the common schools of Montgomery County until sixteen years of age, after which he entered Linden Hill Academy, and later Antioch College, from which institution, however, he did not graduate.

Deciding to adopt the law as a profession, he studied for the bar at Dayton, in 1864, where he practiced for a long time. In 1867 he moved to Miami County and took up his residence in Troy in 1871, in which year he was nominated and elected county treasurer on the Republican ticket. From 1876 to 1891 he practiced law continuously and exclusively at Troy, where he was connected with some of the most important cases that came before the bar during this period. In 1891 lie was elected judge of the Court of Common Pleas of Miami County, which position he ably filled until his Promotion to the Circuit Bench, which event took place in 1899. Judge Sullivan is still occupying the position of judge of the Circuit Court, Second Circuit of the State of Ohio. Such in brief is the story of the life of the subject of this sketch.

Judge Sullivan in all the legal phases of his life has won the encomiums of all. Bred to the law in early life, by careful preparation for its sterner duties, he has merited the several important positions which he has reached. A careful student, a good analytical lawyer and an impartial judge, be has served the people to the best of his ability. His experience at the bar and on the bench has given him a wide range of acquaintance, and his genial and courteous manners have surrounded him with a host of warm friends. He is accessible at all times, and when not engaged in the onerous duties of his position he turns to the best literature for recreation, finding it sometimes an incentive to the more laborious work of the judge. Possessed of a keen legal mind which enables him to grasp the intricacies of the causes which beset judges of our higher courts, he is eminently fitted for the place which he holds today.

The laity know little of the real work of those who are called upon to fill the bench of Ohio. These men are too, often underrated, and only those who meet them in a legal capacity are fitted to estimate their true worth. Judge Sullivan has reached that period of life when the mind of the trained lawyer is at its best, when it is superiorly fitted to judge between man and man without fear or favor. The home of Judge Theodore Sullivan is always open to his friends. He knows no distinctions of humanity. Rising from the ranks of his own exertions and the endorsements of the people, he is honored wherever he is known. In politics, as has been said, he is a Republican and has often been called into the councils of his party. But he prefers above all things the profession which he has followed so long. Judge and Mrs. Sullivan have one son, Walter, who resides in New York City.

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