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Sullivan, John L., 1899-1982



  • Existence: 1899 - 1982


John L. Sullivan, Dartmouth College class of 1921, was born July 16, 1899 in Manchester, NH and died August 8,1982. In 1939 he was appointed the Assistant Commissioner of the Internal Revenue. A year later he was named the Assistant Secretary of the U.S. Treasury, and in 1945 he was picked to be Assistant Secretary of the Navy. He became the Undersecretary of the Navy the following year and, in 1947, was named Secretary of the Navy. Sullivan served as a trustee of Dartmouth from 1957-1968, chairing the board’s budget committee for several years. He was president of his class from 1951-1956. In 1971 at commencement he gave the 50-Year-Address to the College for the Class of 1921. He also was a member of the Alumni Council for three years and president from 1950-1951. In recognition of his service to Dartmouth he received an honorary degree from Dartmouth and was awarded the Alumni Award.

Found in 2 Collections and/or Records:

John Sullivan papers

Identifier: MS-1084
Date(s): 1954 to 1975

John L. Sullivan (1899-1982), Dartmouth College class of 1921. Secretary of the Navy, Dartmouth College Trustee. Contains papers related to his service as a Tustee of Dartmouth College. Included in the papers are transcripts, reports, correspondence, and speeches.

Oral History Interview with John L. Sullivan

Identifier: DOH-206
Date(s): 1977-04-07

John L. Sullivan, Class of 1921, Secretary of the Navy 1947-1949, Alumni Council 1950-1951. Oral history interview documenting his life and career.

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