Commanders-in-Chief Biographies

The Hon. Michael Patrick Sullivan
Commander-in-Chief 1997 - 1999

Military Order of the Loyal Legion of the United States

The Hon. Michael Patrick Sullivan served as Commander-in-Chief of the Military Order of the Loyal Legion (MOLLUS) from 1997 to 1999. He was installed as Commander-in-Chief in Richmond, Virginia, the first Commander-in-Chief ever installed in the South, much less its Civil War capital. His qualifying ancestor for the MOLLUS is Lieutenant Josiah Thompson of the 42nd Regiment Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry. Lt. Thompson served in the West during the Civil War, in Southern Illinois around Cairo, and in Missouri. Sullivan also has been a member of the Sons of the Union Veterans of the Civil War Henry Harnden Camp #2 from Madison, Wisconsin.

Judge Sullivan was born January 4, 1944. A Chicago, Illinois native, he received his B.A. in History from Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin in 1965. In 1968, he received a J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School in Ann Arbor, Michigan. He worked as a teacher in the Milwaukee School system for a time and then began his legal career in 1970. In 1977, he was elected to the Circuit Court Bench of Milwaukee County where he served for over 28 years. During his time of the bench, Judge Sullivan was a frequent lecturer in Judicial Education programs, served as Presiding Judge of the Civil and Family Court Divisions and was Chief Judge of Milwaukee County from 2003-2005. In 1999, Judge Sullivan was named the State of Wisconsin Trial Judge of the Year. Judge Sullivan was married in 1968 to Carol (nee Sendik) and has two children, Daniel (born October 11, 1973) and Elaine (born April 26, 1976).

As for Judge Sullivan’s experience with the MOLLUS, he remains amazed that his good friend and predecessor, Past Commander-in-Chief Canon Robert G. Carroon, was able to qualify a “famine-Irishman” like Sullivan for such a prestigious hereditary society. The MOLLUS has afforded Judge Sullivan the opportunity to meet many wonderful people, travel to fabulous Civil War historical sites, lay the MOLLUS wreath at the Lincoln Memorial and speak on behalf of the Loyal Legion at the annual Lincoln Tomb Ceremony. Sullivan’s favorite memory of his tenure as Commander-in-Chief is bringing the annual MOLLUS Congress to the historical state capitol in Illinois, the “Land of Lincoln.”

Judge Sullivan, whose mother was Irene Lillian McDonald, is involved in other hereditary pursuits. He is a member of the Ancient Order of Hibernians and the Clan Donald U.S.A., for which he has served as National Chancellor for over ten years.

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