From 1826 to 1829, he practiced law in his Boston office in Court Square. He died only nine months after his admission to the bar of the Supreme Court of Massachusetts at the age of twenty-six. Sullivan never married and is buried in Walnut Hill.
Records for the schools were sporadic, especially in the formative years of both institutions. If instructors kept comprehensive records for the Litchfield Female Academy or the Litchfield Law School, they do not survive. Researchers and staff have identified students through letters, diaries, family histories and genealogies, and town histories as well as catalogues of students printed in various years. Art and needlework have provided further identification of Female Academy Students, and Litchfield County Bar records document a number of Law School students. The history of both schools and the identification of the students who attended them owe credit to the early 20th century research and documentation efforts of Emily Noyes Vanderpoel and Samuel Fisher, and the late 20th century research and documentation efforts of Lynne Templeton Brickley and the Litchfield Historical Society staff.
Diary of Mary L. Wilbour May-Aug 1822 excerpted in Vanderpoel, Emily Noyes. Chronicles of A Pioneer School From 1792 To 1833. Cambridge, MA: The University Press, 1903.
Catalogue of the Litchfield Law School Hartford, CT: Press of Case, Tiffany and Company, 1849.
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