Charles F. Sullivan

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Charles F. Sullivan
57th Lieutenant Governor of Massachusetts
In office
January 6, 1949 – January 8, 1953
GovernorPaul A. Dever
Preceded byArthur W. Coolidge
Succeeded bySumner G. Whittier
Mayor of Worcester, Massachusetts
In office
Preceded byWilliam A. Bennett
Succeeded byAndrew B. Holstrom
Massachusetts Senate
First Worcester District
In office
Preceded byJoseph Patrick McCooey
Succeeded byWilliam Daniel Fleming
Massachusetts House of Representatives
In office
City of Worcester, Massachusetts
Common Council
In office
Personal details
BornOctober 10, 1904
Worcester, Massachusetts
DiedAugust 24, 1962 (aged 57)
Political partyDemocratic
ProfessionRestaurateur, Liquor store owner

Charles F. "Jeff" Sullivan (October 10, 1904 – August 24, 1962) was an American politician who served as the 57th Lieutenant Governor for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts from 1949 to 1953. Sullivan was also a member of the Worcester, Massachusetts Common Council, a member of the Massachusetts House of Representatives, a Massachusetts State Senator and the Mayor of Worcester, Massachusetts from 1946 to 1949.

Early life[edit]

Sullivan was the ninth of fifteen children. He never finished high school, and ran a diner in South Worcester before he entered politics.[1]

Entry into politics[edit]

At the age of thirty Sullivan went into politics, he was first elected to the Worcester, Massachusetts Common Council in 1935, this was followed by election to the Massachusetts House of Representatives in 1937 and to the Massachusetts Senate in 1940.

Election as Mayor of Worcester[edit]

Sullivan first ran for Mayor in 1943, however he lost that election to the Republican candidate William Bennett. Sullivan ran again for the Mayoralty in 1945, this time he was elected. Sullivan he was sworn into the office of Mayor at the age of 41.

Mayoral term[edit]

During his term as mayor Sullivan worked to develop the new Worcester Airport, blacktop the city's streets, covering up the old streetcar tracks that were no longer in use and to clean up the city's pension system. Sullivan was reelected mayor in 1948 and he served until 1949 when Worcester changed its city government to a Plan E format, under which the mayor is no longer popularly elected but is instead selected by votes of the City Council.

Lieutenant Governor of Massachusetts[edit]

On November 3, 1948 Sullivan was elected as Lieutenant Governor of Massachusetts, he was also reelected as mayor of Worcester and until 1949 he served in both capacities.

Sullivan was reelected a lieutenant governor in 1950 of Massachusetts, he ran for reelection in 1952, however he lost in the Republican landslide of that year.

Post political career[edit]

Sullivan retired from politics and opened up a liquor store.

Sullivan died on August 24, 1962.


Jeff was his nickname since his youth because Sullivan had a childhood fascination with Thomas Jefferson.[2]


  1. ^ "From Worcester mayor to lieutenant governor". Worcester Telegram. Retrieved December 10, 2013.
  2. ^ "From Worcester mayor to lieutenant governor". Worcester Telegram. Retrieved December 10, 2013.

Further readingy[edit]

  • Commonwealth of Massachusetts, 1945-1946 Public officers of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, page 72, (1945).
  • Commonwealth of Massachusetts, 1949-1950 Public officers of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, page 23, (1949).

Political offices
Preceded by
Arthur W. Coolidge
Lieutenant Governor of Massachusetts
1949 – 1953
Succeeded by
Sumner G. Whittier
Preceded by
William A. Bennett
Mayor of Worcester, Massachusetts
1946 – 1949
Succeeded by
Andrew B. Holstrom