Sullivan, John (1740–1795), an American soldier, patriot, and statesman. Sullivan won distinction as a commander in the Continental army during the Revolutionary War. As a major general, 1776–79, he led troops at Trenton, Brandywine, Princeton, and Germantown. He resigned his commission after routing the Iroquois from northern Pennsylvania and western New York. He served as attorney general of New Hampshire and was later elected to three terms as governor. Sullivan was born in Somers-worth, New Hampshire. He became a lawyer and was a delegate to the first Continental Congress in 1774.