LaSalle County Sheriff William Cullen

cullen1864 – 1866

William Cullen, born in Ireland in 1826, came to this country with his parents, James and Jane (Cassidy) Cullen, in 1832, settling in Pittsburg.  In 1846 he moved to this county and located on  a farm in what is now Adams township.  William was educated in the public schools and an academy in Pittsburg.  Arriving in this county he followed farming for a number of years.  He was elected town supervisor and was known as a “war supervisor.”  In 1864 he was elected Sheriff of La Salle county and moved to Ottawa.  He served until 1866.

Then for a little over a year he was connected with the Ottawa Republican as part owner and editor.  He was Deputy Sheriff under Sheriff Good in 1868-70.  In 1871 he again became one of the publishers and editors of the republican, retiring July 1, 1887.  His public career covered a period of fully thirty years, and during that long period no one had the confidence of the people of the county to a greater extent than he had.  In 1880 he was elected to Congress.  Mr. Cullen was married to Mary A. Breresford, who was one of the first white children born in this county.  She died October 7, 1905.  Mr. Cullen is still living and resides at No. 622 Orleans street.  One of his children, Charles S. Cullen, is State’s Attorney of La Salle county.  There are two daughters in the family – Genoa, who l9ives at home, and Florence, of Springfield.

Article furnished by the LaSalle County Genealogy Guild