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Supreme Court of Indiana
Division of State Court Administration
30 S. Meridian Street, Ste 500
Indianapolis, IN 46204
Dr. Elizabeth R. Osborn
Court History and
Public Education Programs
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from the National Council
on Public History
Justice Sullivan was born July 21, 1794, in Harrisonburg, Virginia, and died
December 6, 1870, in Madison, Indiana.524
After graduating from the College of William and Mary, he studied law and was admitted to the Indiana bar in 1812. In 1819, he was elected to the Indiana General Assembly and won re-election in 1820. Jeremiah Sullivan is credited with proposing the name "Indianapolis" for the capital city. In 1829, he represented Indiana in plans to build a canal between the Wabash River and Toledo, Ohio.525
He served on the Indiana Supreme Court from May 29, 1837, to January 21, 1846. In 1846, he left the Indiana Supreme Court and devoted his time solely to his law practice. In 1869, he was appointed judge of the Jefferson County (Indiana) Criminal Court, and was subsequently elected to the position but died suddenly only three hours before the court convened.526
524. 1 MONKS, supra note 25, at 202-03.
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Source: Browning, Minde C., Richard Humphrey, and Bruce Kleinschmidt. "Biographical Sketches of Indiana Supreme Court Justices." Indiana Law Review: Vol. 30, No. 1, 1997. View this source in PDF format.