Philip Leo Sullivan

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Philip Leo Sullivan (October 2, 1889 – June 12, 1960) was a United States federal judge.

Sullivan was born in Marengo, Illinois on October 2, 1889. He received an LL.B. from Loyola University Chicago School of Law in 1911. He was in private practice in Chicago, Illinois, from 1911 to 1916. He was a Master in chancery for the Superior Court of Cook County from 1916 to 1917 and again from 1919 to 1921. In the interim 1917 to 1919, Sullivan served as a field artillery lieutenant in the United States Army during World War I. He was elected a judge of the Circuit Court of Cook County and served from 1921 until his appointment to the federal bench in 1933.

Sullivan received a recess appointment from President Franklin D. Roosevelt on November 8, 1933, to a seat vacated by George E.Q. Johnson on the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. He was formally nominated on January 8, 1934, confirmed on February 20, 1934, and received his commission on March 1, 1934. He served as chief judge from 1957 to 1959. Sullivan served on the court until his death on June 12, 1960.


Legal offices
Preceded by
George E. Q. Johnson
Judge of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
Succeeded by
James Benton Parsons