John L. Sullivan was born on June 16, 1899 in Manchester, New Hampshire. In 1918 he served in the U.S. Naval Reserve, in 1921 he received a B.A. from Dartmouth College, and in 1924 he received an LL.B. from Harvard Law School. In 1929 he was elected Solicitor, Hillsborough County, Maine, and in 1937 he served as Commander of the New Hampshire Department of the American Legion. In 1939, Sullivan was named Assistant to the U. S. Commissioner of Internal Revenue, and from 1940 to 1944 he served as Assistant Secretary of the Treasury. From 1945 to 1946 he served as Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Air, from 1946 to 1947 he served as Under Secretary of the Navy, and from 1947 to 1949 he served as Secretary of the Navy. In 1949, Sullivan returned to private law practice. He was active in the Democratic presidential campaign in 1952. In 1976, he was active in Henry Jackson's presidential campaign. John Sullivan died in Exeter, New Hampshire on August 8, 1982.
From the description of Sullivan, John L. (John Lawrence), 1899-1982 (U.S. National Archives and Records Administration). naId: 10570945