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M. C. Sullivan

"History of Shelby County, Ohio"
by A.B.C. Hitchcock; Sidney, Ohio; 1913
Richmond-Arnold Pub. Co.; Chicago, IL.
Page 650

    who is one of the best known residents of Shelby county, O., for
thirty-seven years has been continuously engaged in educational work
and at present is a valued teacher in the public schools of Botkins,
O. He was bom at Webster, in Darke county, O., February 22, 1856, and
is a son of Marcus and Mary (Kelly) Sullivan. M. C. Sullivan was
about two years old when his parents moved on a farm situated one
mile south of Botkins, the father being a railroad man. M. C.
Sullivan attended the district schools in Dinsmore township and
afterward attended the Ohio Normal, now the Ohio Northern University
at Ada, O., largely providing for his own expenses and, being very
ambitious, making the most of his opportunities. He was only sixteen
years old when he taught his first school, this being at Glynwood, in
Auglaize county, O., and he continued to teach in that county,
although not continuously, for about thirteen years, being at
Freiberg for two years, otherwise he has taught mainly in Shelby
county. As an educator Mr. Sullivan has few equals in this section
and is held in great esteem. Teaching has been his life work and he
has found his greatest pleasure in imparting instruction and in
watching the seeds of knowledge he has planted develop into the
educational standards which have prepared hundreds of his pupils for
successful careers in life. A democrat in his political views,
Professor Sullivan has frequently been called upon by his party to
accept the burdens of public office and when he has done so his
duties have been performed with the efficiency which marks, his life.
While residing in Dinsmore township he served as clerk of the
township and at the present time is filling the same position at
Botkins. Mr. Sullivan was married to Miss Catherine O'Neil, who was
born in Canada and was two years old when she was brought to Shelby
county They have had five children: John M., who resides at Lima, O.;
Neal; Ruth; Raymond, who died at the age of three months; and Mary
Louisa. Mr. Sullivan and family are members of the Catholic church.
He is identified with the Woodmen of the World, and has frequently
served on charitable boards, and has addressed educational bodies.

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