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William V. Sullivan
American politician from Mississippi

William V. Sullivan

William V. Sullivan
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Intro American politician from Mississippi
Was Politician Lawyer
From United States of America
Field Law Politics
Gender male
Birth 18 December 1857, Winona, Montgomery County, Mississippi, USA
Death 21 March 1918, Oxford, Lafayette County, Mississippi, USA (aged 60 years)
Star sign Sagittarius
Politics Democratic Party
Vanderbilt University
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William Van Amberg Sullivan (December 18, 1857 – March 21, 1918) was a United States Representative and Senator from Mississippi.


Born near Winona, Mississippi, he attended the common schools in Panola County and the University of Mississippi at Oxford, where he was a member of St. Anthony Hall.

He graduated from Vanderbilt University, in Nashville, Tennessee, in 1875, was admitted to the bar that year, and commenced practice in Austin. He moved to Oxford in 1877, was a member of the board of city aldermen, and was elected as a Democrat to the Fifty-fifth Congress and served from March 4, 1897, to May 31, 1898, when he resigned, having been appointed Senator.

He was appointed and subsequently elected to the U.S. Senate to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Edward C. Walthall and served from May 31, 1898, to March 3, 1901; he was not a candidate for reelection.

On September 8, 1908, Sullivan led a lynch mob which murdered a black man named Nelse Patton, who had been accused of killing a white woman. William Sullivan was quoted a day later as saying, "I led the mob which lynched Nelse Patton, and I'm proud of it. I directed every movement of the mob and I did everything I could to see that he was lynched."

Sullivan retired from active business and resided in Washington, D.C.. In 1918, he died in Oxford. Interment was in St. Peter's Cemetery.

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