Dan Sullivan is well known in business circles at Kemmerer as proprietor of plumbing, heating and sheet metal works. He was born January 18, 1858. in McGregor, Iowa, a son of Daniel and Margaret (Hines) Sullivan, who were natives of Ireland and of the state of New York respectively. The father crossed the Atlantic to the new world when a young man of nineteen years, in the latter part of the '40s, and first settled in Ohio. He had followed civil engineering in his native country. After living for some time in Ohio he removed westward to Iowa and later to Omaha, Nebraska, where he engaged in the lumber business, taking up his abode in that city in 1869. There he resided to the time of his death, which occurred in 1897, when he was seventy years of age. He had been quite successful in business, his lumber trade increasing with the growth of the city. He was actively interested in educational affairs there and served as a member of the school board of Omaha for many years. His political endorsement was given to the democratic party and he cooperated in all well defined plans and measures for the general good, whether accomplished through political or other channels His wife, although born in the state of New York, was reared, educated and married in Zanesville. Ohio, and was of Irish descent. She departed this life in 1902. at the age of sixty-five years.
Their son, Dan Sullivan, was the third in order of birth in a family of ten children, of whom but four are now living, and he is the eldest among the survivors. He was educated in the public schools and in Rathburn's Business College of Omaha, Nebraska, pursuing his studies to the age of eighteen years, when he started out to provide for his own support, entering upon an apprenticeship to the sheet metal trade under the direction of the firm of Milton Rogers & Son. He continued to follow the trade for twenty years and then also took up the plumbing and heating business. After working for others for a time he embarked in business on his own account, having carefully saved his earnings until his industry and economy had brought him sufficient capital to enable him to take an independent step. He was identified with business on his own account in Omaha, in Deadwood, South Dakota, in Sheridan, Wyoming, and in Rhyolite, Nevada, before removing to Kemmerer. On coming in Wyoming he first settled in Sheridan but has been a resident of Kemmerer since 1907 and through the intervening period has been continuously engaged in the plumbing, heating and sheet metal business, being the oldest in his line in the city where he makes his home. He was also the pioneer in that field in Sheridan. His excellent workmanship, his business enterprise and his careful management have enabled him to build up a trade of large and gratifying proportions and his activities are bringing to him well deserved success. In fact such is his reputation in this field that his business now extends over a territory of seventy-five miles in breadth, covering western Wyoming and portions of Idaho. He has been called upon to install plumbing and heating plants and do sheet metal work in connection with the public schools and many other public buildings in this section of the country.
Mr. Sullivan holds to the religious faith of the family and is a communicant of St. Patrick's Roman Catholic church of Kemmerer. He maintains an independent course in politics but always stands for progress and improvement in public affairs and is identified with the Chamber of Commerce, which has put forth many effective measures to advance the general good. Those who know him esteem him as a man of personal worth as well as of business ability and he is classed with the representative citizens of Lincoln county.