Major General
John Sullivan
(1740-1795)

Major General John Sullivan
Major General John Sullivan was appointed by General Washington in 1779 to command the expedition against the Iroquois Indians and Tories through central and western New York. Prior to the war Sullivan practices law in his native state of New Hampshire where in 1772 he was designated a major of the state militia. In 1774-1775 Sullivan served as a delegate to the first Continental Congress. Promoted to brigadier general, he served in Washington's army through the siege of Boston. Sullivan was captured by the British during the battle of Long Island; later he was exchanged for a captured British general. General Sullivan was at Valley Forge the winter of 1778-79. Although Sullivan was highly criticized at times for some of his actions, his courage, bravery and skill were unquestioned. At the conclusion of the campaign to the Genesee Country Sullivan retired from the army in November, 1779. Subsequently he went on to hold many political positions in New Hampshire.


In 1788, Sullivan became Speaker of the House of Representatives and President of the convention that ratified the Constitution of the United States. In 1789,
he was Presidential Elector and voted for General
Washington for President of the United States. Sullivan served as President (Governor) of the state of New Hampshire for three terms before he was appointed Judge of the US District Court of New Hampshire, which office he held until his death January 23, 1795, at the age of fifty-five.*

*Sullivan Clinton Campaign 1779-1979; A Bicentennial Commemorative. Chemung County Historical Society, Inc., Elmira, NY. pub. 1979.

(Sullivan Campaign of the Revolutionary War: The Impact on Livingston County, page 2)