Dr. Henry “Harry” James Sullivan was born in Picton, Ontario on the 8th of February, 1875 to Daniel Sullivan and the former Margaret Goodwin. Dr. Sullivan had a sister named Stella and two brothers; Thomas and Archie. Dr. Sullivan graduated from Picton High School in 1893 and taught school for a number of years before continuing his own education.
Dr. Sullivan attended The University of Toronto Faculty of Medicine and earned his M.B. degree in 1902. He interned for a year at St. Michael’s Hospital. Dr. Sullivan opened his medical practice in Chatham in September of 1904.
Dr. Sullivan married Emma Evelyn Robert on the 19th of October, 1908 at St. Joseph’s Church in Chatham. Mrs. Sullivan’s brother, Rev. Father Robert performed the ceremony. She was born on the 19th of January of 1882, in Dover Twp. She was the 8th of 12 children born to Peter Robert and the former Julia Goudreau. At the time of her birth her parents were farmers, but eventually the family moved to Chatham, where her father was a merchant. Her siblings were; Frederick, Louisa, George, Phelix, Marcelline, Julia, Sophie, Herbert, Joseph, Hector, Anna and Alex.
Dr. and Mrs. Sullivan had two children, named after his parents, Daniel James Bernard who was born on the 20th of August, 1909 and Margaret Mary who was born on the 11th of January of 1911. The Sullivan family resided in a home located at 275 King Street West, in Chatham. Dr. Sullivan appears in the 1913 Bell Telephone Directory and his telephone number was 348.
Dr. Sullivan served on the Catholic Separate School Board and on the Chatham Public Board of Education. He was also a member of the C.M.B.A., the Knights of Columbus, and the Catholic Order of Foresters. Dr. Sullivan was one of the original incorporators of St. Joseph’s Hospital. In his spare time, Dr. Sullivan enjoyed playing cricket.
Dr. Sullivan died of pneumonia on the 18th of March, 1914. In March of 1914, Dr. Sullivan had signed the death record of a 35 year old man, who died of pneumonia. At the time of his death, Dr Sullivan was 39 years old. He was buried at St. Anthony’s Cemetery in Chatham. Dr. Paul Poisson of Tecumseh, purchased the practice of Dr. Sullivan, in the spring of 1914.
According to the 1921 census, Mrs. Sullivan was living with her widowed mother and her children at 33 Third Street in Chatham.
Dr. Sullivan’s son Daniel, went on to teach philosophy at Fordham University in New York, and he became a published author. His daughter Margaret Mary, married John Arthur Cullen and she moved to Montreal.
Dr. Sullivan’s wife Emma died, in January of 1968. She was buried at St. Anthony’s Cemetery.
*Mrs. Sullivan’s brother Joseph also became a physician.
**Dr. Paul Poisson also appears on the Chatham-Kent Physician Tribute website.