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James W. Sullivan

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James W. Sullivan (1848-1938) was the author of the highly influential 1892 book, Direct Legislation by the Citizenship Through the Initiative and Referendum.

Sullivan took up a career as a printer at the age of fourteen. He moved to New York City in 1882 when he was 34. There, he worked for the New York Times and the New York World.

From 1889 until 1892 he was managing editor of the Twentieth Century. From 1904 until 1906 he was editor of the Weekly Bulletin of the Clothing Trades. He served as a member of the National Civic Federation commissions on public ownership from 1906 until 1907. During World War I he worked as SG's assistant on the Committee on Labor of the Advisory Commission of the Council of National Defense, and he was subsequently head of the labor and consumer division of the U.S. Food Administration.

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