Collection of the U.S. House of Representatives
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SULLIVAN, Leonor Kretzer (1902-1988)

SULLIVAN, LEONOR KRETZER, (wife of John Berchmans Sullivan), a Representative from Missouri; born Leonor Alice Kretzer, August 21, 1902, in St. Louis, Mo.; attended public and private schools; attended Washington University, St. Louis, Mo.; teacher and director, St. Louis Comptometer School; served as administrative aide to her husband, John B. Sullivan, 1942-1951, and as secretary to United States Representative Irving of Missouri until May 1952, when she resigned to campaign for congressional nomination; elected as a Democrat to the Eighty-third and to the eleven succeeding Congresses (January 3, 1953-January 3, 1977); chair, Committee on Merchant Marine and Fisheries (Ninety-third and Ninety-fourth Congresses); was not a candidate for reelection to the Ninety-fifth Congress in 1976; died on September 1, 1988, in St. Louis, Mo.; interment in Calvary Cemetery and Mausoleum, St. Louis, Mo.

St. Louis University School of Law
St. Louis, MO
Papers: 1953-1976, 350 linear feet.
The papers of Leonor Sullivan contain congressional papers and correspondence, including materials relating to her work on the Merchant Marine Committee, the Banking and Currency Committee, food and drug laws, and issues relating to St. Louis. The collection has some access restrictions. A finding aid is available in the repository.


Georgetown University Library
Washington, DC
Papers: 1943-1976. 3 feet.
Concerns material on the Panama Canal. Includes photocopies of materials in the St. Louis University Library. A finding aid is available in the library.


Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University
Schlesinger Library
Cambridge, MA
Oral history: 1974-1976, 4 folders.
An interview of Leonor Sullivan by Katie Louchheim.


University of Oklahoma
Carl Albert Center Congressional Archives
Norman, OK
Papers: In the Carl Bert Albert Papers, ca. 1910-1976, 1000 cubic feet.
Other authors include Leonor Kretzer Sullivan.

  • "Leonor Kretzer Sullivan" in Women in Congress, 1917-2006. Prepared under the direction of the Committee on House Administration by the Office of History & Preservation, U.S. House of Representatives. Washington: Government Printing Office, 2006.
  • Ralph Nader Congress Project. Citizens Look at Congress: Leonor K. Sullivan, Democratic Representative from Missouri. Washington, D. C.: Grossman Publishers, 1972.