1740 - John Sullivan, born on the 17th of February in Somersworth, New Hampshire. Sullivan was the third son of a schoolmaster. He was an American general in the Revolutionary War and a delegate in the Continental Congress. Sullivan served as a major general in the Continental Army and as Governor (or "President") of New Hampshire.
1764 - He read law with Samuel Livermore of Portsmouth, New Hampshire, and began its practice when he moved to Durham.
1772 - He was firmly established and began work to improve his relations with the community.
1773 - Alexander Scammel joined John Sullivan's law practice.
1774 - The first Provincial (or rebel) Congress sent him as a delegate to the Continental Congress.
1775 - He was returned to the Congress, but when they appointed him a brigadier general in June, he left to join the army at the siege of Boston.
1776 - In the spring, Washington sent General Sullivan north to replace the fallen John Thomas as commander in Canada. He took command of the sick and faltering invasion force, led an unsuccessful counterattack against the British at Trois-Rivières, and withdrew the survivors to Crown Point.
- He carried letters from Admiral Richard Howe to the Congress. When the resulting peace discussions on Staten Island fell apart in September some in the Congress, particularly John Adams, found fault with Sullivan.
1777 - In January He also performed well in the Battle of Princeton.
1778 - He was transferred to the unimportant post of Rhode Island where he commanded the largely unsuccessful Battle of Rhode Island in August.
1779 - He is most famous for leading the Sullivan Expedition, scorched earth campaign against those Iroquois towns that had taken up arms against the American revolutionaries.
- He retired from the Army and returned to New Hampshire.
1780 - New Hampshire returned him as a delegate to the Continental Congress.
1781 - He borrowed money from the French minister to Congress, they accused him of being a foreign agent. He resigned from the Congress in August.
1782 - 1786 - He was named the state's attorney general.
1786 - 1789 - He was elected President of New Hampshire (now Governor).
1789 - Washington named him federal judge for the District Court in New Hampshire.
1792 - While his health (and strong drink) prevented his sitting on the bench.
1795 - His last years were spent in illness and he died on the 23rd of January, aged 54 at home in Durham and was buried in the family cemetery there.
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