William Wilfred Sullivan

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Sir William Wilfred Sullivan
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4th Premier of Prince Edward Island
In office
April 25, 1879 – November 1889
Monarch Victoria
Lieutenant Governor Robert Hodgson
Thomas Heath Haviland
Andrew Archibald Macdonald
Jedediah Slason Carvell
Preceded by Louis Henry Davies
Succeeded by Neil McLeod
Leader of the Conservative Party of Prince Edward Island
In office
Preceded by Lemuel Owen
Succeeded by Neil McLeod
Chief Justice of Prince Edward Island
In office
Personal details
Born (1839-12-06)December 6, 1839
Hope River, Prince Edward Island
Died September 30, 1920(1920-09-30) (aged 80)
Memramcook, New Brunswick
Nationality Canadian
Political party Conservative Party
Spouse(s) Alice Maud Mary Newberry (m. 1872)
Children Adele M. M, Alice M. M, W. F. Cleaver, Wilfred C. P., Faustina M. L., and Louis Arthur
Residence Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island
Alma mater University of Prince Edward Island
St. Dunstan’s College
Occupation journalist, lawyer, and judge
Profession Politician
Cabinet Solicitor General (1873–1876)
Religion Roman Catholic

Sir William Wilfred Sullivan (December 6, 1839 – September 30, 1920) was a Prince Edward Island journalist, politician and jurist, the fourth premier of Prince Edward Island.

A native of Hope River, Sullivan had a career as an assistant editor at the Charlottetown Herald as well as a lawyer before being elected to the provincial legislature in 1872 as a Liberal MLA.

A staunch Catholic, Sullivan became leader of the opposition in 1877 to the Protestant coalition government of Louis Henry Davies which had been formed to implement a public, secular school system that denied funding to Roman Catholic separate schools. Sullivan reorganised the Conservative Party and was asked by the lieutenant governor to become premier once Davies' coalition broke up and became unable to command a majority in the assembly.

Sullivan served as premier for ten years and fought for PEI's rights in the dominion of Canada. He protested the federal government's failure to fulfill the terms of confederation on which the island had joined the dominion in 1873. In 1886, he petitioned the Imperial government in London protesting Canada's delinquency in respect to promises to ensure communication lines between the island and the rest of the country but the problem remained unresolved until the 1900s.

In 1889, Sullivan was appointed chief justice of PEI and served in that position until his retirement in 1917. In 1914 he was knighted by King George V.

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