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Bain News Service,, publisher.

Mrs. Roger Sullivan & daughters

[between ca. 1910 and ca. 1915]

1 negative : glass ; 5 x 7 in. or smaller.

Title from unverified data provided by the Bain News Service on the negatives or caption cards.
Forms part of: George Grantham Bain Collection (Library of Congress).

Format: Glass negatives.

Rights Info: No known restrictions on publication.

Repository: Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division, Washington, D.C. 20540 USA,

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Call Number: LC-B2- 2727-8


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    Pixel Wrangler

    • 01/May/2009 18:01:29

    This appears to be Mrs. Roger Sullivan (née Helen M. Quinlan) (center), her daughter, Virginia Hopkins Sullivan (left) and her daughter-in-law, Mrs. B. H. (Boetius Henry) Sullivan (née Mary Loretta Connery) (right).  Roger C. Sullivan was the first Democratic boss of Cook county (IL) – a position he held for 25 years. He was credited with swinging key support to Woodrow Wilson at the 1912 Democratic convention. A Bain / LOC photo of him is posted here.

    “I leave politics to Roger, home takes my time” – Mrs. Sullivan
    “Mrs. Roger Sullivan ... is content to stay away from politics, and believes more women should follow her example. “On women gaining suffrage she says, 'I think they do more harm then good.' ” [1] Virginia, one of four sisters (Mary Catherine, Helen Marie and Frances Josephine) and one brother (“Bo”), was described at the 1912 Democratic National Convention (at age 17) as ... “She is pure and simple vivacity, life, energy, and everything that thrills. She is the sort of girl that never 'lolls.' She can run her own automobile, and does when she is at home and she loves athletics and anything that has excitement in it. She is a petite young person, with black hair and blue eyes and rosy cheeks and she speaks with an expression that suggests a bit of Irish brogue.” Virginia married Thomas V. Brennan, an executive of the Independence Packing company in Chicago in 1918, and she died in 1937 at the age of 40. Boetius Sullivan and Loretta Connery were married December 27, 1911. –Compiled and excerpted [2] [3] [4]

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    Giulia Bartra

    • 01/May/2009 20:03:14

    wow this is so beautiful

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    various chin

    • 02/May/2009 02:42:23

    Marvelous Pic

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    • 03/May/2009 19:50:21

    I really like this picture! It is amazing to see women dressed like this way by that time.

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    • 04/May/2009 01:19:54

    by the looks of Mrs. Roger Sullivan I doubt that she left politics to Roger....methinks that she had a significant impact on what Roger thought. I certainly wouldn't want to cross her......

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    • 04/May/2009 20:25:38

    I notice that Mrs. Roger Sullivan and her daughters are dressed very similar. I’m guessing most families dressed alike?

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    cheerful wheel

    • 05/May/2009 08:51:42

    I am the administrator and will send you an invitation / Invitación Hi The photo is beautiful :-))))) Besuch uns einfach, wir freuen uns um jeden Zuwachs. Visit us, we look forward to any growth. Invitation / Invitación / Einladung / Invito / Convite / Uitnodiging / Приглашение /招待 Question whether you want to join the group. Frage: ob Du der Gruppe beitreten möchtest. You're welcome in the group / Du bist Willkommen in der Gruppe / Bienvenue dans le groupe / Benvenuti al gruppo / Usted es bienvenido en el grupo / Você é bem-vinda no grupo

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    • 06/May/2009 05:42:49

    Mrs. Roger Sullivan has made several comments on how women should stay out of politics. She commented on woman's suffrage on the Front Page June 24, 1908 saying, "I think they do more harm then good. I know you have suffrage in Colorado, and I have often wondered how the women here found time to do anything in politics." Her husband, Roger Sullivan was a Chicago Politician. Even though Mrs. Roger Sullivan has made these comments, I think she might have played a bigger role than she may have thought. I would imagine that as a wife she would have had to throw dinners and attend important events. She must have had to keep a certain reputation or else risk her husband's political standing. For instance in Sarah Palin's case her family was constantly a subject that appeared in the media and might have contributed to her losing the race with McCain. So maybe Mrs. Roger Sullivan and her daughters weren't only these "porcelain dolls" that they appeared to be.

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    judicious walk

    • 06/May/2009 20:26:42

    This photo is well balanced and very beautiful. I like feelings of black and white from this picture.

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    • 07/May/2009 08:19:44

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    • 30/May/2009 15:52:11

    Photo of Helen Quinlan Sullivan (Mrs. Roger C. Sullivan) with daughter Virginia to left and d-i-l Loretta to right was probably taken about 1 July 1912 at the Dem Nat'l Conv. held in Baltimore which nominated Woodrow Wilson. I agree with posters who say she was not a shrinking violet; her opinions developed as her experience grew and situations changed. Here's some more press on her (her comments posted above were when she accompanied her husband with their 5 children and guests to the 1908 Nat'l Dem Conv. in Denver): From Belleville News Democrat 1914.10.21 - Roger Charles Sullivan “was the first practical sociologist of his time, sort of a crude Hull House on legs.” ** “No sketch of Sullivan would be complete that did not include a reference to his family life. He loves his home and spends much time in it. Mrs. Sullivan is a woman of very impressive appearance, tall (5’9”), with strong, regular features, and large dark eyes, contrasting with a high forehead and masses of nearly white hair. She takes considerable interest in her husband’s political career, and is herself a director in both the Democratic Woman’s league and the Civil Service Reform club.” Chgo Trib, 2 Sep 1913 - Mrs. Roger Sullivan Decries Militancy - Militancy will never win votes for the women of England. ** These are the observations of Mrs. Roger C. Sullivan, who with her daughter, Virginia, returned yesterday from a tour of European countries. While awaiting her husband, who is expected today, Mrs. Sullivan and Miss Virginia are stopping at her son's home. ** "English women are pursuing the wrong method in seeking the vote," said Mrs. Sullivan. "Why, at a meeting in Trafalgar square, London, I heard the speaker invite women present to join her in a bombardment. The speeches were of the firebrand order and did not appeal to me. ** "American women are winning the ballot because they merely are asking for it, after assuming it is their right. In other words, they are using brains instead of coercion, as witness the recent history in Illinois. In this respect we resemble the French woman, her husband's partner in everything. They assert their equality and the men of France accept it without complaint."

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    • 05/Dec/2009 18:14:24

    I am researching the Sullivan family genealogy. I am interested in exchanging information with you! Please email me at [email protected] Hope to hear from you soon! Jaymi