Crossroads of America: Early Indiana History

SULLIVAN COUNTY

Named for Revolutionary War hero General Daniel Sullivan who was killed by the Indians on the road from Vincennes to Louisville while carrying an express in the public service.

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A Few Facts About Sullivan County
  • Sullivan County is divided into 9 Civil Townships as follows: Cass, Curry, Fairbanks, Gill, Haddon, Hamilton, Jackson, Jefferson and Turman.
  • Sullivan County was organized by an act of Legislature, which became effective January 15, 1817.
  • Sullivan wasn't always the County Seat.
    • The first County Seat was Carlisle.
    • In 1819, the County Seat was moved to Merom where it remained for twenty-nine years.
    • On February 15, 1841, the Legislature passed an act that provided for a board of commissioners to select a new seat of justice, to be located as near the center of the county as possible. Sullivan, then an unbroken wilderness, was selected and the present town was platted. The formal transfer of records took place in 1843. By 1849 it contained the Courthouse, Jail, County Seminary, Churches for the Methodists and Reformers, and 400 inhabitants.
  • According to the Society of Indiana Pioneers, an individual was a pioneer of our county if they resided here on or before December 31, 1825.
  • The Courthouse, along with all records, was destroyed by fire February 6, 1850.
  • Indiana automobile License Plates issued in Sullivan County start with the prefix 77 because it is the seventy-seventh county in alphabetical listing.
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