Robert Sullivan

From A Compendium of Irish Biography, 1878

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Sullivan, Robert, LL.D., the author of a number of educational works, was born at Holywood, County of Down, in January 1800. He was educated at the Belfast Academical Institution, graduated in Trinity College, Dublin, in 1829, and, on the introduction of the system of National Education into Ireland in 1831, was appointed an inspector. He was afterwards transferred to the Training Department, as Professor of English Literature. His Geography, Spelling Book, Literary Class Book, Grammar, and Dictionary, have gone through numerous editions, and are constantly being reprinted. The touching expressions he received from time to time of the gratitude of those whom his sympathy had encouraged or his generosity had aided, showed the kindliness of his nature, and his success in communicating knowledge. He died in Dublin, 11th July 1868, aged 68, and was buried at Holywood. The most important of his works, his Dictionary of the English Language, has been improved in recent editions by the labours of Dr. P. J. Joyce.

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