Member Biography

Charles Craven Sullivan Jr.

Sessions Office Position District Party
1841       19 Whig
1842       19 Whig
1843       19 Whig
1844       19 Whig
1845       24 Whig
1846       24 Whig

COUNTIES: Allegheny, Butler  


03/10/1807 - 02/27/1860

Charles Craven Sullivan, Jr. (Whig19) Allegheny and Butler Counties 1841-1843 (Whig24) Allegheny and Butler Counties 1844-1846

Early Life: 

Charles Craven Sullivan, Jr., born March 10, 1807, family home, Butler County, Pennsylvania; son of Charles Craven Sullivan Sr. and Susannah Johnston Sullivan; Jefferson College, 1828, studied law, General William Ayers, admitted, Butler County bar, attorney, law practice, 1831-1860; elected, Whig, Pennsylvania State Senate, 19th district, 1841-1844; elected, Whig, Pennsylvania State Senate, 24th district, 1845-1846; president, North Western Railroad Company; married, Susan C. Seltzer Sullivan, two sons and three daughters; died, February 27, 1860 (aged 52) interment, Calvary Cemetery, Butler, Butler County, Pennsylvania.

Early Career:

Attorney. President, North Western Railroad Company.

Pennsylvania Politics:

Elected, Whig, Pennsylvania State Senate, 19th district, Allegheny and Butler Counties, 1841-1843.

Elected, Whig, Pennsylvania State Senate, 24th district, Allegheny and Butler Counties, 1844-1846.


President, North Western Railroad Company, advocated for the establishment of a rail line through Butler.

From the Historical Marker Data Base: Sullivan County Formed March 15, 1847, from Lycoming County. Named for State Senator Charles C. Sullivan, who was active in securing its creation. Laporte, the county seat, was incorporated 1853. County is home of Eagles Mere (long a noted resort) and Worlds End State Park. 

Sullivan County Historical Marker ( 

Brother, Moses Sullivan, Pennsylvania State Senate, Allegheny, Beaver and Butler Counties 1825-1829, Beaver and Butler Counties 1829-1833. 

Moses Sullivan  - Pennsylvania Senate Library ( 

Tombstone Inscription

Aged 53 years
He was an able lawyer
A just legislator
A good citizen
A true friend
An affectionate husband & father and an humble Christian
His end was peace


Cox, Harold. "Senate Members S"Wilkes University Election Statistics ProjectWilkes University.

Information taken from the History of Butler County, Pennsylvania 1875.

Charles Craven Sullivan (1807-1860) - Find a Grave Memorial