George P. Sullivan


1903 - 1938

George P. Sullivan  holds a rather unique distinction. He served seven terms as mayor of the City of Derby, but what makes that even more unusual is that his terms were not consecutive! His service spanned the years from 1903 to 1938. He served as Derby's second mayor from 1903-1904 and then came back to serve again from 1912-1920. He wasn't finished however, as he came back once more to serve from 1935-1938! He was born in Derby and attended St. Mary's School. He dropped out of school at age 14 to become a plumber. He learned his skills well, and became a foreman in the Derby Gas and Electric Company. He also served on the Board of Aldermen and was street commissioner in 1908 and 1909.

In reporting his 1903 inauguration, the Washington Times noted that Sullivan left his regular job at 11:550 and went directly to city hall to be inaugurated and announce his appointments. The Democratic mayor who was following Republican Mayor Phillips had let it be known that no Republicans need apply. He also announced that he favored labor unionists and younger men. A paper in Harrisubrg, PA said that Sullivan was on e of the "four labor union Mayors of Connecticut". He was a critic of the "walking delegate" in labor unions and opposed extravagant salaries for union leaders.


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